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Occupational Health and Safety
Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

Occupational Health Section is on Facebook!

Don’t forget to check out the Section’s Page on Facebook. All you have to do is “Like” the page, and you will receive occasional updates from the OHS Section on your own Facebook page. The Section posts information about conferences, scholarships and job opportunities. Did you know that you can post to the Section’s FB page, too? If you have a job opening to advertise, information about a conference, or other occupational health news from your organization, post it for other members to view!!/pages/Occupational-Health-and-Safety-Section-of-APHA/145321042190410

The Jim Keogh Scholarship Fund Needs YOU!

The James P. Keogh Memorial Scholarship Fund established in 1999 honors the enormous contribution Dr. James (Jim) Keogh made to occupational health and safety. Jim was an outstanding colleague and generous mentor and teacher who nurtured and influenced the work of many others.


The scholarship fund helps the Occupational Health and Safety Section promote and strengthen the participation of students and union representatives in APHA. We recognize that we need the involvement of workers and new health and safety professionals to make our workplaces and communities healthy and safe. Scholarship awardees are provided with the Annual Meeting registration fee, a one-year student/community member membership and a $300 stipend for conference-related expenses.


The scholarship fund needs the support of all members of the Occupational Health and Safety Section.  Please be generous in your tax-deductible contribution to the James P. Keogh Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made out to APHA-Jim Keogh Scholarship. Please include “Account # 328066-OHS Section” on the check. Send your contributions to APHA Attn. Natasha Williams, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.

New Hampshire Council for Occupational Safety and Health Marks Workers' Memorial Day

(excerpts from the NH COSH press release dated April 27, 2011)


The families and friends of workers killed on the job in New Hampshire will gather tomorrow to honor and keep alive the memory of loved ones who died in workplace tragedies.


“This is a day on which we gather to remember those who were killed on job,” said Brian Mitchell, executive director of the New Hampshire Council for Occupational Safety and Health, “and a day on which we reaffirm our commitment to strengthening protections for those workers who are still on the job. Many of the incidents in which workers are killed are entirely preventable. We can – and must – do a better job of protecting workers.”


This year marks the 40th anniversary of the effective date of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which was signed into law by then-President Richard Nixon. The Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to set and enforce workplace safety standards.


To learn more about the New Hampshire Council for Occupational Safety and Health, go to


To learn more about the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, go to:

IOM Panel to Study the Inclusion of Work Information in Electronic Health Records

At the request of the CDC’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the Institute of Medicine will conduct a (2011) study of the rationality and feasibility of incorporating patients’ work information into electronic health records. Information from this study will inform efforts at NIOSH to demonstrate feasibility of the inclusion of work information in electronic health records by a target date of 2013, and to provide rationale for the inclusion of work information in meaningful use guidelines. Access to patients’ work information – such as patient occupation, industry of employer, and work history and exposures in some instances – can provide patients’ medical care providers with powerful information for the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses. The ability to aggregate health data by occupation and or/industry provides surveillance data not only for describing the burden of work-related health problems, but also for describing the distribution of various health outcomes by occupation and industry, and for targeting prevention and intervention programs by occupation or industry group (e.g., workplace wellness programs, medical screenings, etc.). The committee meeting took place on June 2 in Washington, D.C.; the meeting was open to the public.


The IOM announcement can be found at:

Call for Nominations for Section Officers

We are looking for nominations for several leadership positions in the Occupational Health and Safety Section of APHA. New leaders will be working with a delightful group of people dedicated to help improve the health of workers and to advance knowledge and skills among health and safety professionals and activists. We invite you to consider nominating yourself or other colleagues who you think would be great leaders for our Section. The openings are for future years (see the notes for when terms begin and end). Our Nominations Committee is happy to discuss what is involved with any of the positions, and to work with you to pinpoint which position would be right for you. Nominations need to be into APHA by early February 2012, so please let us know soon of your interest. The Nominations Committee will organize recommendations for the election by the members of our Section. Please send nominations to John Morawetz, nominations chair, (


Open Positions

Chair, after the 2013 meeting through the 2014 New Orleans meeting (100th Occ H&S Section anniversary);  Serves as chair-elect from 2012-13

Secretary, end of 2013 meeting through 2014 meeting

Governing Council, 2013-14 meetings (2 positions)

Section Council, 2013-14 meetings (2 positions)

APHA Registration

Registration is now open for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011.  More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For registration and more information about the Annual Meeting, visit


Our Section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our Section in the interactive Online Program ( ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to visit the Section and SPIG pavilion in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA to speak to a Section representative.

Transportation and Public Health

These are exciting times when considering the many ways our transportation systems impact health and equity in our communities. Congress extended the current federal surface transportation bill until Sept. 30, 2011, and Congressional committees are aiming to draft a new transportation bill before this latest extension ends.

Want to learn more about the connections between transportation, equity and health? View our archived webinar series, subscribe to the monthly transportation and health eNewsletter that offers an array of new events and updates, and download the newly-released online public health and transportation toolkit and accompanying resources today.

We also invite you to send a message to your members of Congress urging that they ensure that strong public health provisions are included in the federal surface transportation reauthorization. For more information, visit

Need-Based Scholarships Available for Students to Attend Annual Meeting

APHA is proud to announce the availability of need-based scholarships, sponsored by External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc., for student members to attend the 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011.  Twelve students will be granted registration and up to a $500 stipend to use toward food, lodging and transportation.  An additional four students will be given Annual Meeting registration only.  Recipients of the scholarships will be chosen based on financial need and essay.  As part of the award, students will be strongly encouraged to attend at least one Section business meeting.  Please inform the student members of your Section about this unique opportunity!  Visit: for complete details and application.  Please contact Pooja Bhandari at with any questions. 

New Goals for APHA 2011: Less Trash! Less Plastic!

The 2011 APHA Annual Meeting theme "Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies" gives APHA members an opportunity to build on the 2009 and 2010 themes of Water and Social Justice as public health priorities.


Green Goals The APHA Food and Environment Working Group, the Environment Section's 100th Anniversary Committee and APHA are setting goals to reduce waste and promote a sustainable, just and healthy food and water system.  

Got Trash?  We encourage everyone at the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting to increase efforts to reduce trash, especially paper and plastic.


 The Diversion Rate (the recycling/trash ratio) in D.C. at the 2007 APHA Annual Meeting was 34 percent.

The Diversion Rate in Denver at the 2010 APHA Annual Meeting was 52.75 percent

Can we achieve a Diversion rate of 75 percent at APHA 2011?


 -- The D.C. Convention Center’s water fountains and food service sinks provide filtered water! Bring your own refillable bottle to the conference to cut down on plastic waste.


 -- Plan events using local resources and services that encourage wise use of water and other resources. If you need advice or suggestions, contact us:


--  Buy food sourced from sustainable producers and distributors. 


-- If using disposables, use compostable products and use the facility compost program.  Label containers so compostables do not go into the waste stream.


-- Take advantage of the D.C. Convention Center's Green Initiatives


-- Learn more about APHA 2011 Environmental Initiatives:


Be an ambassador of public health and social justice in your own community.   Share information about the social justice, public health and environmental problems caused by bottled water and water privatization, especially disposable plastic water bottles.  Use the "Resources and References" below and on the Food and Environment Working Group’s Facebook page:


Share ideas for waste reduction at the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting's programs, scientific sessions, events and exhibits.  Send your questions and suggestions to Ellie Goldberg at and join the conversation on the Food and Environment Working Group’s Facebook page at




The APHA Food and Environment Working Group is a multi-disciplinary collaboration across APHA sections, housed in the Food & Nutrition and Environment Sections. Colleagues work together to protect public health by promoting and cultivating a safe, healthy, just and sustainable food system.


If you would like to work with us toward these goals, contact Rebecca Klein at Working Group membership is open to all APHA members.


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Bottled Water Myths


Bottled Water: Get the Facts 


Blue Gold, Maude Barlow




Update on APHA Book Publications – June 2011

I am very pleased to announce that there are a number books in production as well proposals for books that have been accepted, and work on them is under way.  Furthermore, several authors of current products will be available to sign their books at the APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

APHA members of all Sections are encouraged to using existing, new and emerging products in their academic courses. These resources are also very relevant to policy, prevention, advocacy and client care initiatives. Please encourage your colleagues to use these timely and evidence-based resources.  Go to the APHA website to find out more: 

We are also looking for new proposals for books. If you have an idea for a book, please send a few paragraphs describing the idea, intended audience and your qualifications to Nina Tristani, Director of Publications, APHA,

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Chair, APHA Publications Board



o        Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States, Authors: Robert D. Bullard, PhD; Glenn S. Johnson, PhD; and Angel O. Torres, MCP

Books at Printer in June

·         Megacities and Public Health, Omar Khan, MD, MHS

·         Public Health Management of Disasters, 3rd edition, Linda Landesman

Books Currently in Production

  • Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research Practice, and Advocacy, 2nd edition, Karen D. Liller, PhD
  • School –Based Health Care, Terri Wright, MPH and Jeanita Richardson, PhD

Books in Development

  • Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Edition
  • Control of Communicable Diseases Lab Book
  • Compendium of Methods for the Examination of Foods, 5th Edition
  • Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition
  • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 22nd edition


·         Communicating Public Health Information Effectively is now on Kindle.

Co-sponsored Books

Jossey-Bass: Emerging Infectious Diseases published in April 2011.


Jones and Bartlett Learning books to be published before the 2011 annual meeting: Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health, Essential Case Studies in Public Health: Putting Public Health into Practice, Global Health 101, Field Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Epidemiology in Women's Health, Essentials of Health, Culture and Diversity, Epidemiology of Chronic Disease, Introduction to Air Pollution Science, and Essentials of Program Planning and Evaluation.


APHA and Wiley also are co-publishing Designing Healthy Communities by Richard Jackson.  The book is a companion to a PBS series to air this fall.