Primary Prevention of Asthma: A Symposium on Current Evidence, Research Needs and Opportunities for Action
On April 23-24, 2013, researchers, clinicians, labor and community
representatives, public health professionals, and government leaders met
at the Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham, Massachusetts to
advance understanding of and strategies for the primary prevention of
More information, including presentations, here.
The Guide to Safer Chemicals
hands-on guide for downstream users shows pathways to safer chemicals in products and
supply chains for brand name companies, manufacturers,
architects, designers, retailers, and health care organizations.
Released by our colleagues at The Business-NGO Working Group. Go to their web site here.
Alternatives Assessment 101:
June 4-June 5, 2012
In partnership with California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control, this two-day training was a practical introduction to assessing safer alternatives to chemicals of concern. More information about the training is here.
If you would like to be notified about future training opportunities, please email us.
New Report on OSHA Identifies
7 Priority Reforms to Protect
Researchers: Protections Have Not Kept Up with Technology, Science
The Lowell Center has just released an analysis of successes and failures in the 40-year history of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It outlines seven high-priority strategies for making workplaces safer.
These include comprehensive programs that tap worker and employer knowledge to systematically identify and control workplace hazards.
The report also identifies strategies for improvement without waiting for changes to OSHA. These include promoting “Prevention through Design” initiatives to design out hazards and make jobs, products, and materials inherently safer.
More information here.
Lowell Center Granted $1.8M to Improve Health, Safety in Home Care
Team to Research Ways to Make Conditions Safer for Workers and Patients
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently awarded UMass Lowell a $1.8 million, four-year grant to research issues facing Massachusetts home-care nurses and aides and to develop education and training programs.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, home-care agencies, and labor unions are all collaborating in the Safe Home Care project.
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