Occupational Health and Safety
Section Newsletter
Annual Meeting 2005

Chair's Message

Michael Silverstein, MD
Clinical Professor
University of Washington School of Public Health
Dept. of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
F-561D Health Sciences Center, Box 357234
Seattle, WA 98195
Ph: (206) 897-1652 Fax: (206) 616-0477

My year as OHS Section Chair is drawing to a close, and I am left with two observations that are in tension with one another. The first is that our Section is a gathering place of energetic and creative advocacy for safe and healthy workplaces as well as for healthy, sustainable environments, universal health care, and a strong public health system. I have been repeatedly impressed by (and grateful for) the willingness of Section members to step forward and take leadership on important issues. For example, we successfully pressed APHA to take a strong position protesting the Department of Homeland Security's sting operation to trap immigrant workers by posing as OSHA representatives. And we are taking the lead on a late breaker resolution calling for attention to worker protection during Katrina recovery activities. Also, Section members have been generous in supporting the James Keogh Scholarship Fund, and we will be able to bring the biggest ever group of students to Philadelphia as a result.

My second observation, unfortunately, is that our nation's public health infrastructure is in terrible shape and getting worse. Hurricane Katrina revealed the scandalous way our emergency management system has been sacrificed to the political expediencies of an unjust war. And apparently unembarrassed by the abandonment of New Orleans' poor and dispossessed, the administration and congressional majority could not move in too fast to use the crisis as an excuse to suspend environmental, occupational and prevailing wage protections (although apparently prevailing wage rules have now been restored). With this experience still fresh, we find ourselves heading for a likely avian influenza pandemic with a president whose public health strategy seems to be turning domestic control to the military and setting aside regulatory protections for health workers.

Nevertheless, my overall mood, as we head to Philadelphia, is good. As always, challenge and crisis brings opportunities, and our Section is full of talented and committed people who simply do not give up. With an excellent scientific program planned for Philadelphia, extra sessions to address issues raised by Katrina, great social events, an outstanding group of awardees and scholarship recipients, and a strong group of incoming elected section leaders, I am confident that we are heading for a good year.

There are, of course, too many people who have helped this year to thank everyone individually. But I have to give special thanks to a few of you: Program Chair Janie Gittleman for handling the toughest job the Section has to offer with competence and grace; Secretary Leslie Nickels for keeping the minutes and organizing the phone conferences; Karla Armenti and Ingrid Denis for the newsletter; Karen Mulloy for the scholarship fund; Megan Roberts for the awards program; John Morawetz for nominations; Craig Slatin for his whole term on the Action Board; Rachel Rubin for work on the party and Celeste Monforton for the Cancer Alley tour that never happened; Kerry Souza for the OHS booth; and two really, very special extra thanks - to Karen Worthington for stepping in at the last minute and getting things together for us in Philadelphia and to Mary Miller for her boundless energy, institutional memory, commitment to worker protection, and eagerness to help.

APHA Annual Meeting: Sampling of Sessions, Meetings & Activities

-Janie Gittleman, JGittleman@cpwr.com
-Rachel Rubin, rrubin@uic.edu
-Karen Worthington, Karen.Worthington@doh.state.nj.us
-Megan Roberts, toosunny2c@yahoo.com

Watch your e-mail and visit the OHS Web site at <http://depts.washington.edu/oshalert> for a comprehensive listing of OHS-related sessions, meetings and activities taking place at the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting. Below is a sampling of some of those events and sessions.

OHS Section Social Hour, Sunday, December 11, 2005: 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Rm. 109B. Meet and greet with light hors d’œuvres.

OHS Section Awards Luncheon
22 South 22nd Street (between Market and Chestnut Streets)
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

This year's Awards Luncheon will be held at the UNITE HERE union hall. The venue is about 10 blocks from the Philadelphia Convention Center Complex, so if you plan to walk, please allow 30-45 minutes to do so. Box lunches will be available, and they are covered in the ticket price, which will be about $15. Tickets will be sold at all OHS Section Business Meetings. This year’s award recipients are:

  • Alice Hamilton Award:
    Franklin Mirer, PhD, Director of Health and Safety for the United Automobile Workers

  • Lorin Kerr Award:
    Marcy Goldstein Gelb, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

  • International Award:
    Fiona Murie, Program Director, Global Health and Safety Program, International Federation of Building and Wood Workers

Join us in celebrating the achievements of the award recipients. We look forward to seeing you there!

OHS Dance Party
Mummers Museum, 1100 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia (2nd & Washington Streets)
Tuesday, December 13, 2005, 8:00 p.m. – Midnight

This year’s dance party will pay tribute to the music of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, compliments of “Choo Choo Charlie and the Spitfires.” The band played for us last time in Philadelphia, and the music and dancing were some of the best ever for our Section. Be sure to get your tickets early as we’ll be advertising the dance party through some of the other APHA sections as well this year. Tickets will be available at all OHS Section Business Meetings as well as at the OHS Section booth in the APHA Exhibit Hall.

Choo Choo Charlie is a public health worker, humanitarian and musician at heart who has played with some of the blues and rock and roll greats. With his band the "Spitfires," he performs a broad range of musical styles including classic rock and roll, rhythm & blues, swing, jazz, zydeco, Chicago, jump and country blues, and a variety of popular and seasonal tunes plus his own originals to bring good times to music lovers of all ages. Charlie would like to recognize some of the great music and culture of an area so hard hit by the recent hurricanes and provide all of us with an outlet for our energy over this issue.

Philadelphia’s own “taste of mardi-gras,” the Mummers Museum, will again be our dance party location. The Mummers Museum is located about 20 blocks southeast of the Convention Center, therefore a cab is recommended. Driving directions can be found at: <http://riverfrontmummers.com/museum/directions.html>. The phone number for the museum is (215) 336-3050.

Katrina Late Breaker Session
Sunday, December 11, 2005, Katrina Late Breaker, (276.0) 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Rm. 105B. Presenters include: Chip Hughes (NIEHS), Rod Turpin (EPA-National Response Plan), Jaribu Hill (Mississippi Worker Center for Human Rights), Dave Newman (NYCOSH), Chris Trehan (Center to Protect Workers' Rights), and Daryl Malek-Wiley (Sierra Club).

OHS Section Resolutions

Mary Miller, mmar235@Lni.wa.gov

This year we have introduced a resolution to address workplace health and safety issues for immigrant workers called “Occupational Health and Safety Protections for Immigrant Workers.” With this resolution, we are addressing one of the major emphasis areas of APHA -- health disparities. APHA has a long history of resolutions to protect immigrants and improve access to health care, for instance, but there has been a gap in addressing workplace protections as we have seen increasing rates of injuries, including fatalities, among immigrants. Special thanks to Deborah Weinstock and Sherry Baron in assisting in the drafting of the resolution; and to Rosie Sokas for her valuable input and comments.

We will also be introducing an amendment to this resolution that addresses the sting operation by the Immigration and Customers Enforcement agency (ICE) when it lured immigrant workers to attend a “mandatory OSHA training” meeting and then arrested 48 individuals for deportation proceedings. OSHA was not involved in this activity. This deplorable incident occurred after the resolution had already been drafted; the resolution needs to be modified to include information about this recent development by the Department of Homeland Security. We received wide support from many other sections in denouncing this activity not only for its implications regarding occupational health and safety efforts to reach immigrant populations, but many other public health activities as well. APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff describing APHA’s opposition to this type of activity. The letter can be found on our Section Web site at <http://depts.washington.edu/oshalert/links.htm>. The Section appreciates APHA’s attention to this important issue.

You can review the text of this and the other proposed resolutions on the APHA members only Web page. Look for this resolution listed in Group B, <www.apha.org/private/2005_proposed_policies/2005_policies.htm>.

In addition, we are working with others to introduce a late-breaker resolution on the protection of workers involved in the recovery and clean-up efforts in the wake of Katrina, specifically, but other future disaster situations as well. The late-breaker resolutions will be submitted by Dec. 10, and the text will be available at the hearing. If you are interested in a copy of either resolution or would like to provide comments on them, please contact Mary Miller at <mmar235@Lni.wa.gov>.

The JPC policy hearings are on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Group B is Session 256.

The 2005 James P. Keogh Memorial Scholarship Fund Award Recipients

Karen B. Mulloy, Co-Chairperson
Andrea Kidd Taylor, Co-Chairperson
OHS Scholarship Committee

The OHS Section of APHA established the James P. Keogh Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1999 to promote and strengthen the participation of students and union representatives and members in the OHS Section of APHA. The Fund recognizes the need for the involvement of workers and new health and safety professionals in order to make our workplaces and communities healthy and safe. The scholarship fund was established to honor the enormous contribution James (Jim) Keogh made to health and safety not only through his own considerable body of work, but also with his generosity as a mentor, teacher and colleague nurturing and influencing the work of others.

The Fund had 18 applications this year, and the OHS Section’s Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that eight individuals have been selected to receive a scholarship – six ( students and two labor union applicants.

The 2005 James P. Keogh Student Award recipients are as follows:

  • Mercedes A. Beaver is a MPH student in the department of Health Policy and Administration at Yale University School of Public Health. She has been involved in a summer research program working on health and safety conditions in a community of largely undocumented, non-unionized workers in Brooklyn, N.Y. She found that the effects of dated health policies and their inflexibility toward the changing face of the American workforce gave her a newfound perspective on what it means to be safe in one’s place of work. Marie states that her hope is to gain a challenging position in the field of public health specifically in affecting change for workers’ rights at a policy level.

  • Arturo Elizarov is currently a law student at CUNY School of Law and has earned a MS in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Arturo has recently completed an internship directly dealing with immigrant and undocumented workers’ health and safety issues in Brooklyn, N.Y., in conjunction with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. He hopes his research will serve as an aid to the work being done by the union to organize the workers to prevent exploitation and to protect them in the workplace. Arturo’s ideal job after graduation from law school would be as an attorney for a non-profit organization, labor union or a labor and immigration law firm concentrating on the legal rights of immigrants and occupational health and safety law.

  • Marie E. Gutierrez is a doctoral student in the Industrial Hygiene – Environmental Management at the University of Illinois, Chicago. While completing her Master's degree in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Management from the University of Oklahoma, she assisted in the coordination of the lead-based paint abatement and control training program and translated materials into Spanish to facilitate the workers’ learning process. She has also volunteered with a variety of health and safety projects in the Hispanic community targeting various groups such as construction workers, painters, and children and families. Marie has stated that her ideal job would be working for the Hispanic community doing research to identify occupational and environmental risks and promoting, advocating and implementing programs to protect the health and well being of Hispanic workers and their families.

  • Luiza G. Marinescu attends the University of Washington in Seattle and is currently working on a Master's in Nursing – Occupational and Environmental Health. Her focus of study is program development in occupational health nursing with particular interest in addressing issues at a population level. She worked this summer on a project in the San Francisco/Oakland area focusing on ergonomic issues among postal workers. She would like to eventually be in charge of a wellness and occupational health program to improve not only the occupational health and safety of the workers on the job but to make an impact on the overall health issues from the home and community environmental factors and cultural and societal issues.

  • Laura Byrnes Podolsky is in the MPH program at the UCLA, School of Public Health. She has worked as a graduate student researcher with UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program’s Youth Project. Through the project Laura has learned more about popular education in action, raising awareness about OHS issues, and the challenges and opportunities involved in improving workplace safety for youth workers. Laura states that she is committed to working at the intersection of labor rights, immigration issues, and occupational safety and health and that an ideal job would be with a labor union or at a worker center.

  • LaTrice Porter-Thomas is in the MPH program at the University of Illinois, Chicago(UIC) School of Public Health-EOHS. Her current studies have complimented her undergraduate work in industrial hygiene and she has been working with two US Postal Service facilities on their Biologic Detection Systems and its integration with local county health departments, law enforcement agencies, and fire departments. She is hoping to get into the doctoral program at UIC and would like to head up an environmental health or occupational health and safety program and teach at UIC in the EOHS division.

    The 2005 James P. Keogh Labor Award recipients are students from the George Meany Labor Studies National Labor College in Maryland and are as follows:

  • Emanuel B. Blackwell is an asbestos worker from Glenwood, Illinois who did his senior thesis on the health effects and legal issues of asbestos exposure. Emanuel works with CACOSH (Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health). He has been involved in applying his thesis work to practice and on the organizing committee for asbestos workers in Chicago and creating new safety guidelines.

  • Michael J. Ripoll is a member of the Fire Department City of New York(FDNY)and he has concentrated his studies involving the use of firefighting turnout gear in a chemical weapons environment. He has also been involved with training members of the FDNY on health and safety issues and hopes to be able to reach other firefighters and first responders in the rest of the country with training on the selection of and use of and limitations to PPE involved in hazardous materials situations.

    The James P. Keogh Memorial Scholarship Fund helps students and workers to participate in the annual APHA meeting by paying the APHA annual meeting registration fee, a one-year APHA membership and a $300.00 stipend for conference-related expenses to scholarship awardees. The Scholarship Fund needs the support of all members of the OHS section. Please be generous in your tax-deductible contribution to the James P. Keogh Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made payable to APHA-Jim Keogh Scholarship Fund. Mail checks to APHA, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, Attn. Sharon McCarthy.

    Please welcome and greet all our award recipients at the OHS Section meetings this year in Philadelphia, PA.

OHIP Interns to Present at APHA

Gail Bateson, MS

"Worker health and safety is a lot more interesting than I thought," concluded a first year medical student who participated in the second summer of Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP). "Work is such a big part of life. The internship will definitely have an impact on my clinical practice. I now see that I have to ask patients about their jobs to understand how working conditions affect their health." Another intern agreed, "I didn't come to public health school thinking this would be my focus. A lot more people would be interested in occupational safety and health if they knew more about what it is."

OHIP was established in 2002 by members of the APHA Occupational Safety and Health Section precisely to provide such experiences, to spark the interest of medical, nursing, and public health students in occupational health through field-based projects with unions, worker centers, and joint labor-management programs. Undergraduate students in related fields also participated, and were assigned work on teams with graduate students. Four of the eight summer 2005 interns will present on their projects at the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting on Monday, Dec. 12 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Room 103A at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (session #3377).

Presenters will discuss projects with Spanish-speaking workers, including hotel room cleaners in Los Angeles and employees of retail businesses in Brooklyn, N.Y., where lock-ins have been an important safety issue. An evaluation of ergonomic programs at a large U.S. postal facility will be presented, as well as an overview of hazards among New York City hospital employees. Other project summaries available from OHIP cover day laborer centers in Los Angeles, psychiatric hospital employees, silica exposure among bricklayers, and workload and stress issues among restaurant workers in San Francisco's Chinatown.

The OHIP program continues in large part due to core funding from NIOSH through the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics and the dedicated work of the three volunteer regional coordinators: David Kotelchuck, CIH, PhD, in New York, Robert Harrison, MD, MPH, in Oakland, and Linda Delp, MPH, in Los Angeles, as well as our academic and worksite project supervisors and advisors: Pyser Edelsack, Matt London, Steve Mooser, Lee Clarke, Pam Tau Lee, Barbara Materna, and other staff at the California Department of Health Services. Additional funding and support was obtained from the California Wellness Foundation, the Kazan Law Foundation, Hunter College, Labor Occupational Health Program, The California Department of Health Services, University of Maryland, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and UCLA Labor Occupational Health and Safety Program.

For more information, contact either Gail Bateson, OHIP Program Coordinator, at <batesong@pacbell.net>, or Ingrid Denis at AOEC, <idenis@aoec.org>.

Trade and Health Working Group Sessions at APHA

Garrett Brown

The APHA Trade and Health Working Group, of which the OHS Section is a founding member, is having two important meetings in Philadelphia at the December Annual Meeting.

The first is on Sunday, Dec. 11, which is an open business meeting for all interested APHA members from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Rm. 112B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The meeting will discuss:

  • APHA’s policies on global trade and public health, present and future;

  • How the Central American Free Trade Agreement, and pending agreements with the Andean nations, Thailand and Southern Africa, will affect access to occupational and environmental health in the United States and abroad;

  • What the trade agenda means for the public health infrastructure and health services, including occupational health services;

  • Successes in winning meaningful public health representation in trade negotiations by the U.S. Trade Representatives office.

In addition to OHS, the other sections in the Working Group include Medical Care, International health, Environment, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs, as well as affiliates from Florida and Northern and Southern California.

The second activity will be on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Rm. 101A of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This is a multi-section panel on the impact of trade on public health issues. Garrett Brown will be representing the OHS Section, join speakers from Medical Care, Environment and Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs sections.

Any OHS Section member interested in becoming active in the Working Group is heartily encouraged to do so. Please contact Garrett Brown at <gdbrown@igc.org> for further details.

AOEC 'Get Acquainted' Breakfast

On your way to the OHS Section Business Meeting on Sunday morning, make sure to stop by the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics ‘Get Acquainted’ Breakfast, Dec. 11, 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Rm. 103B. Drop off your business card to be entered in a raffle for free educational material. The breakfast is open to all interested in occupational and environmental health issues. For more information, contact Katherine Kirkland, <kkirkland@aoec.org>.

OSHA and MSHA Nominations

Jordan Barab, MA

Apparently remembering that his branch of the federal government was responsible for workplace safety and health, in mid-September, President George W. Bush submitted nominations to the Senate for assistant secretaries of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Both nominations left the labor and public health communities less than satisfied.

For OSHA, Bush nominated Edwin G. Foulke. Foulke had been chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission during the Bush I administration, but had since moved down to South Carolina where he headed the Occupational Safety and Health Practice for Jackson Lewis LLP, a law firm notorious for its “union avoidance” activities. While Foulke was not part of the union avoidance branch, health and safety activists still questioned the appropriateness of the appointment to the assistant secretary position an attorney who had spent the last 12 years assisting companies to circumvent OSHA inspections and penalties.

For MSHA, Bush nominated Richard Stickler, a former Pennsylvania mine agency official who is only notable for the poor safety and health conditions of the mines he managed while he was in the private sector. He was appointed director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Deep Mine Safety in 1997, where he served until 2003. Stickler was head of the Bureau during the 2002 Quecreek Mine flood that trapped nine miners who were eventually rescued.

After his nomination, the Charleston Gazette found a letter that former mineworkers health and safety director Joe Main sent to the Governor of Pennsylvania while Stickler’s appointment was being considered. The letter pointed out that while Stickler was a mine manager prior to his appointment in 1997 as Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Deep Mine Safety, the mines he managed had injury rates that were double the national average, according to government data assembled by the mineworkers.

The bottom line is that little is expected to change at either agency. Foulke is a big supporter of voluntary programs and is unlikely to rock the boat at an agency that is hell-bent on making itself irrelevant to the concerns of workers. The mineworkers are concerned about active enforcement of the law and ensuring that there will be good communication between MSHA and the union. A UMWA spokesman emphasized the need for good communication between MSHA and the UMWA. Communication has been good between the UMWA and current Acting Assistant Secretary David Dye, although they often don't see eye to eye.


December 2005

  • Georgia Institute of Technology Professional Education in conjunction with Georgia Tech Research Institute, the nonprofit, applied research arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology, offer a wide variety of occupational safety and health courses through the OSHA Training Institute Education Center, hazardous materials training courses, and environmental health courses. Some of the highlights include training on methamphetamine awareness, mold for the construction industry, and a free seminar series that covers such topics as silica and lead. A complete listing of courses can be found at the following Web site: <http://www.pe.gatech.edu/conted/servlet/CEHome>, or call (800)653-3629. There are several certificate programs available in the subject areas of occupational safety and health and hazardous materials management. Upcoming courses include:

    -OTI 3010-Excavation, Trenching and Soil Mechanics(Dec. 12-16, Atlanta)
    -OTI 500-Trainer Course in OSH for the Construction Industry (Dec. 4-9, Biloxi, Miss.)
    -OTI 501-Trainer Course in OSH for the General Industry (Dec. 5-9, Biloxi, Miss.)
    -OTI 511-30-Hour OSH for General Industry (Dec. 5-9, Atlanta)
    -OTI 7845-OSHA Recordkeeping (Dec. 9, Atlanta)
    -EST 7000-Scaffolding Safety (Dec. 12, Atlanta)
    -HAZ 110-Hazmat Technician (Dec. 5-9, Atlanta)
    -HAZ 112-Hazmat Technician Emergency Response Annual Refresher (Classroom)(Dec. 14, Atlanta)

  • "Expanding Horizons - Local and Global," Dec. 1-2, 2005. Bedford, Mass. Jointly sponsored by Harvard Education & Research Center and American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. For more details and online registration, go to: <www.necoem.org>.

  • Spirometry Workshop, Dec. 5-6, 2005. Birmingham, Ala. The Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For more information, call (205) 934-7178, or visit <www.uab.edu/dsc>.

  • Audiometric Testing and Hearing Conservation, December 8-9, 2005. Birmingham, Ala. The Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For more information, call (205) 934-7178, or visit <www.uab.edu/dsc>.

  • Mid-America Pediatric Environmental Hazards Conference, Dec. 9, 2005. Kansas City, Mo. Sponsored by the Mid-America Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit and University of Kansas Medical Center Continuing Education. For more information, call 877-404-KUCE (5823) or visit <http://www.kuce.org/kumc/mapeh/>.

  • January 2006
  • 6th Annual Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Symposium, Jan.12-14, 2006. Washington, D.C. Hosted by the U.S. Enivironmental Protection Agency. For more information, call (703) 247-6194 or visit <www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/symposium.html>.

  • 26th Annual Occupational Safety and Health Winter Institute, Jan. 23-27, 2006. St. Petersburg Beach, Fla. For more information, contact the North Carolina Education and Research Center, (888) 235-3320 or visit: <www.sph.unc.edu/osherc>.

  • February 2006
  • The Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Washington is offering the following Continuing Education classes:
    -Feb. 9, 2006-Puget Sound Occupational and Environmental Medicine Grand Rounds: Pesticide Safety and the Organophosphate Monitoring Rule: Prevention through Risk Assessment and Communication
    -Feb. 14, 2006-Hazard Awareness for the New Generation Responder
    -Feb. 15, 2006-Basic Instruments for the New Generation Responder
    -Feb. 16, 2006-Safety and Sampling Awareness for the New Generation Responder
    -Feb. 22, 2006-Accident and Incident Investigation

To confirm this schedule or find more information about these courses, call (206) 543-1069 or visit the Continuing Education Web site at <http://depts.washington.edu/ehce>.


  • Scholarship Opportunities - Maynard Spence dedicated his career to promoting job site safety on construction projects. Maynard is no longer with us, but his dedication lives on through the Maynard Spence Foundation. In partnership with GTRI and other organizations, two construction safety scholarships are offered each year. The Maynard Spence Scholarship for Construction Safety Education allows the recipient to complete a six-course certificate program through the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Georgia Tech. The Maynard Spence Safety First Scholarship serves as an introduction for candidates interested in exploring a career in construction safety. Apply online: <www.maynardspencefoundation.org>.

  • Associate Service Fellow in Epidemiology - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The Risk Evaluation Branch of the Education and Information, Division at NIOSH, Cincinnati, is seeking highly qualified candidates for a post-doctoral position in quantitative epidemiology. This person would initiate, design, and direct the development of epidemiologic risk assessments concerned with identifying and quantifying factors in the workplace related to the occurrence of disease among exposed workers. REB epidemiologists, toxicologists and research statisticians work as a team utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to risk assessment and risk assessment methods development.

    Applicants should possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology or a related technical discipline. Interested applicants may obtain information about this position from Christine W. Sofge, PhD, Chief, Risk Evaluation Branch, Education and Information Division, NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS-C15, Cincinnati, OH 45226. (513)533-8439, e-mail: CTS6@cdc.gov.

  • The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers are independent, non-profit occupational health clinics funded by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board providing resources to workers, employers, health providers, and organizations for the identification and prevention of occupational illness and injury. We are seeking an Occupational Hygienist. As an occupational hygienist reporting to the executive director, you will work as part of an inter-disciplinary team along with physicians, nurses, ergonomists, and support staff. The occupational hygienist participates in clinic projects that directly involve workplace interventions, research, and identification of workplace risks. Utilizing tools and knowledge, you will provide assessment of the impact of the workplace environment (chemical, physical, biological) upon the physical, mental and social well-being of the individual and groups of workers.

    Qualifications: Master's degree in occupational hygiene (or equivalent). Successful applicant will possess excellent communication skills and an interest in participating in occupational health research. Experience in surveillance, literature searches, interviewing and presentation skills to assess exposures and convey recommendations is an asset. Familiarity working with union environments would also be an asset. Locations: Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Mark C. Parent - Executive Director, OHCOW, 3129 Marentette Avenue, Unit #1, Windsor, Ontario N8X 4G1, E-mail: mparent@ohcow.on.ca, Fax: (519) 973-1906.

  • Occupational Medicine Faculty Position - The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook is seeking an occupational medicine physician for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The Division extends its clinical and educational expertise to the Long Island working community. The Island's industries include small and medium size plants, several large companies mostly of electronics and technology fields. Eastern Long Island is largely agricultural with a significant migrant labor force. In addition to interest in the community populations for occupational and environmental diseases and injuries, the Division contractually assumes the responsibility for its University Hospital Employee Health Service and provides other clinical services such as international health and clinical preventive medicine programs. The educational mission of the Division is met through several teaching venues designed for residents, students and the community. Additionally, the Division is engaged in significant field and epidemiological studies thus providing excellent research opportunities.

    The position includes clinical and consulting work, research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities. Qualifications: MD degree and license to practice medicine in New York; Board Certification or Eligibility in Occupational Medicine from a residency program preferably with 3-5 years of Occupational Medicine experience, knowledge of health care worker services, administrative skills and certification in a primary care/infectious disease specialty. Send CV to: Wajdy L. Hailoo, MD, Division Head, Division of OEM, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8036, E-mail: <whailoo@notes.cc.sunysb.edu>.

  • Occupational Medicine Physician with clinical experience needed to assist in the direction and operations of the Data and Coordination Center of the WTC Medical Monitoring Program. The Center has oversight and policy responsibilities for this nationwide program that provides clinical evaluations to WTC responders. Competitive salary. For further information, please contact Spencer Carroll, DCC administrator, (212) 241-4785, <Spencer.carroll@mssm.edu>.

For Up-to-Date OHS Section News...

Make sure to visit the OHS Section Web site at <http://depts.washington.edu/oshalert>. You'll also notice the new OHS Section banner developed for the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting. The OHS Section also has a listserve to communicate timely information regarding important legislation, news, and action alerts. It also serves as a platform for the discussion of important topics or relevant announcements to the section. Any listserve member can post a message to the group. Subscribing is easy:

1. From the address you intend to receive message, prepare an email addressed to: occ-hlth-l@liststar.apha.org (that is a lowercase letter "L", not the number 1)
2. In the "subject" line of the e-mail, type subscribe occ-hlth-l (use lowercase letter "L" and not number "1")
3. Leave the body of the message blank and send it.
4. You will receive a confirmation message that you have successfully subscribed.

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