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People and Events

Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2009 - Volume 51 - Issue 2 - p 251-252
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318199c329
People and Events: News Highlights

Department Editor

The Central States Occupational Medicine Association (CSOMA), an ACOEM component society, will hold its 85th Annual Spring Meeting, “The Pillars of Occupational Health,” on March 20–21, 2009, preceded by a 1-day seminar on “Occupational Medicine: Where Medicine Meets the Workplace” at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville Hotel in Lisle, Ill.

Topics on March 19 will include occupational eye injuries, respirator fitness, high school drug abuse, case studies in hearing fitness, fit-testing for hearing protectors, a dermatology presentation, a discussion on alcohol impairment in the workplace, and occupational orthopaedic injuries.

Stuart Brooks, MD, the recipient of the annual CSOMA National Leadership Award, will speak on “Irritant-Induced Cough-A TRPpathy” at their March 20 luncheon. Other presentations on March 20–21 will be: “Indications for Advanced Spinal Surgery;” “Managing Workers’ Compensation Claims in Today’s Environment—A Claims Administrator’s Perspective;” “Neck and Shoulder Ergonomics: An Application of Biomechanics to the Workplace;” “On-sites and Insights in Occupational Medicine;” “Update on Legal Issues in Drug Screening;” “Wellness in the Workplace;” “Transformation from Orthopaedics to Occupational Medicine;” “National Consensus Guidelines for Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers;” “60 Summits Project;” “The Emergency Room Treatment of Common Hand Injuries;” and “The Controversy Surrounding Bisphenol A.”

For more information, contact Marlyce Nutt, CSOMA Executive Director, 6 Phillippi Creek, Elgin, IL 60120; telephone: 630/497-0286; fax: 630/497-0364; e-mail:; or visit the CSOMA web site at

The Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety will present the Second Annual NIOSH ERC Regional Seminar and Research to Practice Symposium, March 12–13, 2009, at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel in Pensacola Beach, Fla. Topics will cover ethics, the aging workforce, workplace violence and aggression, and first aid specialist training for responders.

Upcoming programs in March and April include: “Occupational Noise, Survey & Control;” “Hazardous Awareness Workshop for the Municipal Workforce;” “OSHA Record-keeping;” “Air Sampling for Toxic Substances;” “Spirometry Workshop;” and “Audiometric Testing and Hearing Conservation.”

For additional information contact the Deep South Center for OH&S, telephone: 205/934-7178; web site:; e-mail:

The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is holding their Applied Ergonomics Conference and Expo “Breakthrough Solutions and Resources” on March 23–26, 2009, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. The programming will introduce ways to reduce workplace injury, improve productivity, boost performance and increase the bottom line.

The target audience is consultants, engineers, environmental medicine professionals, ergonomic committees, health and hygiene professionals, industrial engineers, industrial hygiene professionals, occupational health therapists, occupational and physical therapists, risk managers, safety management professionals, and safety and health directors.

Topics include the following: “Ergonomics Programs;” “Ergonomics for Non-Traditional Work Forces—Service, Support, Construction, Field Service and Maintenance Workers;” “Ergonomics—The Department of Defense Perspective;” “Health Care Issues;” “Lean Manufacturing and Ergonomics;” “Manufacturing Applications;” “Office Ergonomics Programs and Applications;” “Special Populations in Today’s Work Force—Obese and Aging Populations;” and “Tools of the Trade—Ergonomic Evaluation and Analysis Tools.”

For more information, contact IIE, 3577 Parkway Lane 200, Norcross, GA 30092; telephone: 800/494-0460; web site:

The George Washington University’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is launching a new Master of Public Health degree in Environmental Health Science and Policy. This program is designed for students committed to finding sustainable solutions to today’s problems from global climate disruption to toxic chemicals. The coursework will emphasize the workings of the public health regulatory systems and the science that informs policy decisions. The practicum component will place students in government agencies or in organizations that address environmental health issues taking advantage of the Washington, D.C. location.

This 45-credit program will be offered in the summer and fall of 2009. For additional information, contact the Program Director, Catherine Hunting, PhD, MPH, at 202/994-7891 or by e-mail at; or visit the GW School of Public Health web site at

The 2009 American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Johnson Conference on “Standardization of Mold Response Procedures” will be held July 13–15 at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

Conference emphasis will be on practical, science-based field applications and will focus on development of standard mold protocols considering moisture dynamics, occupant sensitivity, analytical techniques, use, misuse and interpretation of microbial testing, response options and verification. The format will include four sessions as follows: “Assessment” (building inspection techniques, moisture evaluation); “Testing” (sampling and analytical procedures, new technologies, data interpretation); “Health” (health effects, screening procedures, causation, susceptibility); and “Remediation” (removal and treatment options, site control, personal protection, verification).

For additional information and registration, visit the ASTM web site at; telephone: 610/832-9500; or e-mail:

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