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Updates on COHSE Events

The core goal of COHSE is to protect vulnerable workers and prevent occupational injury and illness. By training high-quality practitioners and researchers, COHSE helps to meet critical shortfalls in health and safety services in most small and many larger workplaces, and thereby reduces the incidence and severity of occupational injury and illness. During the COVID-19 crisis, many workers are especially vulnerable. We have gathered some resources and information to help protect workers.

COHSE Continuing Education events are being handled on a case-by-case basis. Please check our CE page for details on courses being cancelled or postponed. Thank you for understanding and stay healthy.

Learn about the World’s, United States’, and Michigan’s responses to mediate the spread of COVID-19.


Image courtesy of MI Safe Start

Interactive COVID-19 Tools

  • MI Safe Start Map – Visualize the spread of COVID-19, public health capacity, and risk levels by county in the state of Michigan. This data visualization tool was developed by faculty at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
  • 19 and Me: COVID-19 Risk Score Calculator – This risk score calculator developed by Mathematica calculates your risk of infection and death based on geography, personal characteristics, hygiene habits, and social interactions.

Resources for the Protection of Workers

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) launched a website with guidelines on safely returning to work.

NIOSH recently released a new webpage with resources for protecting workers in relation to COVID-19. The webpage includes factsheets for airport workers, small business owners, and transportation workers. Also included is information on PPE for workers and the public.

An employer guide released by the Total Worker Health centers contains numerous resources for worker well-being, remote work hazards, essential worker hazards, and return-to-work guidelines.

This New York Times editorial discusses OSHA’s lack of involvement in the pandemic.

More industry-specific resources can be found here:

MIOSHA released the following workplace guidelines:


Nursing Home Guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued recommendations to state and local governments, as well as nursing homes, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. The recommendations build on and strengthen recent guidance from CMS and CDC related to effective implementation of longstanding infection control procedures. Read the Press Release here.


Hierarchy of Controls: Elimination, Substitution, Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls, Personal Protective Equipment shown in an upside down triangle.

Image courtesy of NIOSH

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today modified its personal protective equipment guidance for health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients.  The guidance makes modifications to former donning and doffing procedures. It is important to remember that PPE is the last step in the hierarchy of controls, and other measures should be taken first, including removing hazards as much as possible (see graphic to the left).

The NC OSHERC will be hosting a respiratory protection series. The next webinar will be on FDA Emergency Use Authorizations, OSHA Enforcement Guidance, CDC Elastomeric Respirator Strategies. Register here.

More specific resources include:


Side view of an individual wearing a cloth face covering, which conceals their mouth and nose areas and has a string looped behind the visible ear to hold the covering in place. The top of the covering is positioned just below the eyes and the bottom extends down to cover the chin. The visible side of the covering extends to cover approximately half of the individual’s cheek.

Image courtesy of CDC

Making Your Own Face Mask

The necessity for proper PPE has increased as we get a further understanding of the Corona Virus and how it is spread. The CDC now recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas with significant community-based transmission potential (grocery stores and pharmacies). To avoid taking masks away from healthcare workers, the CDC has put together material on how to make your own protective face mask at home. These masks are not replacements for N95 masks. Several resources on how to make your own mask are below:

Johns Hopkins ERC released a guide on the effectiveness of masks and best practices for making and using them.


Employee Health and Well-Being


COVID-19 Publications by COHSE Faculty

The UM School of Public Health (SPH) just released a website that highlights all covid-19-related studies, projects, and tools developed by SPH researchers.