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People and Events

Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: August 2006 - Volume 48 - Issue 8 - p 859-860
People and Events: News Highlights

Department Editor

The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety of the UAB School of Public Health has joined forces with the Alabama OEMA, a component of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, to present the 18th Annual OccMed Update. This program will be held September 15–16 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Sandestin, Fla. It will provide a learning opportunity for occupational physicians, occupational health nurses, nurse practitioners, case managers, and human resource managers, on the latest topics related to occupational medicine.

John Howard, MD, the Director of NIOSH, will present “NORA & Nano, 21st Century Occupational Health.” This covers a review of the launch of the 2nd decade of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) with an emphasis on the new area of nanotechnology. Other topics include Nanomaterials, the Next Industrial Revolution, Medical Treatment, Medical Causation & Legal Causation in Toxic Tort, and Errors in Medical Events from Research to Practice.

Call the Deep South Center for additional program details and registration at 205/934-7178 or visit their web site at

The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety at the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Public Health, is offering both Spirometry and Audiometric Testing and Hearing Conservation Workshops in the fall.

On October 2–3 and December 4–5 NIOSH-approved Spirometry Course #105 will be held. An overview of spirometry common terms, types of spirometers, role of spirometry in evaluating and detecting occupational lung diseases, function of the respiratory system, mechanisms within the respiratory system to protect the lungs, and lung diseases will be covered. Also included is calibration procedures, checklist for values, maintenance of spirometers and recordkeeping, as well as preparation of equipment and subjects, testing criteria, coaching and performing tests correctly, and determining acceptability of tests. A one-day refresher course is scheduled on October 2 and on December 4.

On October 4–6 and December 6–8 Audiometric Testing and Hearing Conservation is scheduled. Lectures, workshop exercises and supervised hands-on activities provide a basic understanding of a comprehensive hearing conservation program. Proper audiometric technique and testing is achieved. Also covered are the principles of noise analysis and control, personal hearing protection selection and use, information on the role of the occupational hearing conservationist, recordkeeping requirements, and federal and state regulations relating to noise and hearing loss. A one-day refresher course is scheduled on October 5 and on December 7.

Stand alone “Refresher Only” courses are also being conducted in September. Spirometry will be held on September 25 and Audiometric Testing on September 26. Access information about the above courses and other educational offerings at the Deep South Center at or call 205/934-7178 or email for additional course assistance.

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is sponsoring two courses in September — the Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (two locations) and the Musculoskeletal Exam & Treatment Techniques.

Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (CDME) course is scheduled on September 15, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio, preceding the Tri-State OMA and the Western Ohio OEMA Joint Conference. It will be held at the Midwest Hotel and Conference Center. This course will be repeated on September 29 in Philadelphia, Pa. The updated Commercial Driver Medical Examiner course has been revised and reviewed and is consistent with the training requirements currently under consideration by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Immediately following the CDME course in Philadelphia is the Musculoskeletal Exam and Treatment Techniques. This two-day course will be held September 30–October 1. It features both lectures and interaction with a diverse faculty who will deliver a significant “hands-on” workshop component. The didactic portion will include lectures on general management of work injuries, causality analysis, orthopedic urgencies and emergencies, and the timing and choice of x-rays in addition to discussing examination and treatment techniques for individual body parts. The workshops will review selected aspects of the physical examination and give an overview of injection techniques.

Overall emphasis will be placed upon those topics that will be of the most relevance to everyday practice. In addition to focusing upon the “usual” diagnosis and treatment issues, the faculty will draw upon their own experience in reviewing the work of other physicians who manage compensable injuries to get a sense of which aspects of patient care are most often deficient.

Course objectives will be achieved through a unique combination of didactic lectures and hand-on workshops. This approach will provide a comprehensive overview of general musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment, and cover the diverse issues involved in caring for injured workers. The course is targeted to meet the educational needs of general practitioners who wish to review the management of musculoskeletal injuries.

For more information about these and other College-sponsored courses, call ACOEM at 847/818-1800; or visit the web site at

“Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Children at Work and Play,” a conference jointly sponsored by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders, the National Hearing Conservation Association, and others, will be held on October 19–20, 2006, at the Embassy Suites River Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This program is designed to bring together a diverse group of basic and applied science researchers with expertise related to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) to explore and discuss the most recent theoretical and experimental work in the relevant fields in an effort to expand the practical applications of the knowledge shared. It will focus on the issue of NIHL in children who sometimes begin their employment experiences as early as age 10–12 years old, often in hazardous sound environments such as construction, agriculture, entertainment, and landscaping and groundswork. All of the aforementioned, as well as participation in recreational and school activities, increase the risk and incidence of hearing loss in children. For more information contact the National Hearing Conservation Association at 303/224-9022; or visit their web site at

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