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November 2021

NIOSH ERC Webinar: Elevator Ventilation and SARS-CoV-2 Particulate Matter Removal

November 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in crowded, close-contact, and poorly ventilated indoor spaces is of increased concern with the emergence of the highly infectious Delta variant. As more people return to the workplace, layered control measures must continue to be taken to mitigate the spread of the virus. Ventilation and particulate matter (PM) removal within elevators is not well understood. Employees, particularly those with disabilities, may not be able to return to work without the use of elevators, especially in densely…

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AEC Webinar: Exoskeletons and Ergonomics: Past, Present, and Future

November 11 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ergonomics has significantly benefited the safety and well-being of workers worldwide. Unfortunately, despite reductions in work-related musculoskeletal disorders, certain types of injuries persist for workers who perform physically demanding jobs that have no feasible ergonomic interventions. Occupational exoskeleton and exosuit technologies to the rescue! These emerging technologies are starting to be implemented on a larger scale to reduce injuries and turnover, while improving performance and quality of life. This presentation will cover where exoskeletons and exosuits fit within a comprehensive…

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AAOHN Webinar: Musculoskeletal Part 2: Ergonomic Strategies for OHNs with Employees Working On-Site and From Remote Locations

November 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ergonomic programs are evolving in response to the COVID crisis, emerging technology, and employee location. OHNs have an expanded role to play as they are asked to provide guidance on ergonomic issues related to the health and safety of employees related to the health and safety of employees. This webinar will identify the key concepts of an ergonomic program, describe 6 fundamental principles of ergonomics, and discuss OHN application of ergonomics to employees to increase proficiency in ergonomics and case…

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NIOSH ERC Webinar: Effects of Chronic Heat Stress and Shift Work on Postural Stability in Firefighters: A Pilot Study

November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Structural firefighters are exposed to many environmental stressors while still expected to make critical decisions on the job. Firefighters are exposed to high temperatures, perform physically demanding tasks, and wear heavy PPE, which all contribute to an increased internal body temperature. Firefighters also work extended shifts, typically as long as 24 hours, where their sleep may be interrupted to deal with emergencies. Fatigue generated from a combination of heat stress, performing physically demanding tasks, and partial sleep deprivation has contributed…

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December 2021

NIOSH ERC Webinar: COVID-19 Wastewater Monitoring: Tracking SARS-CoV-2 Infection Dynamics Through Genome Sequencing

December 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the imminent need for rapid surveillance at the community level to track potential outbreak clusters ahead of clinical diagnosis, particularly considering the important role of asymptomatic infection in transmission. Wastewater monitoring has been used as a surrogate to track the extent and spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in communities, particularly when diagnostic testing is limited. This presentation will describe large scale wastewater surveillance at the UC San Diego campus level, as well as…

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