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    California workers still exposed to lead at harmful levels

    A new report from the California Occupational Blood Lead Registry presents data on adult blood lead levels (BLLs) in California. According to the 2012-2014 data report, more than 6000 workers had elevated BLLs - now defined by health agencies as 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter (µg/dL) and higher. Long-term exposure at elevated levels puts adults in a wide range of industries at an increased risk for adverse health effects. The report also highlights the Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program's efforts to improve worker protection.

    To read the full report, see: Blood lead levels in California workers, 2012-2014 (PDF)

    For more information on our work in this area, see California Occupational Blood Lead Registry

    Preventing Valley Fever in outdoor workers - health care provider course updated

    People who work outdoors in California’s Central Valley and other locations, especially workers who dig or disturb soil, are at risk for Valley Fever, a serious illness that can cause disability or even death. Valley Fever (also called coccidioidomycosis) is caused by inhaling fungal spores found in the soil in certain parts of the Southwest U.S., including the Central Valley. OHB has updated its free online CME course on work-related coccidioidomycosis. The course, designed for primary care providers, gives up-to-date statistics on cases in the U.S., provides information to assist providers in diagnosing and treating the illness, and includes recent scientific studies on coccidioidomycosis in the workplace. Case studies highlight occupations and activities that put workers at risk for contracting coccidioidomycosis.

    Coccidioidomycosis: Update on Occupational Health Issues - free CME course  

    Preventing Work-related Valley Fever – web page 

    Updated CME course on occupational lead poisoning

    OHB’s Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is pleased to announce its updated course for health care providers, “Overview of Adult Occupational Lead Poisoning in California,” available for free on the internet. This course, designed for primary care providers, presents information on the epidemiology, toxicology, and sources of exposure of lead; the health effects in and clinical management of lead exposed adults; the Cal/OSHA occupational lead standards; and the state public health role in the prevention of occupational lead poisoning in California. Note: Professionals who have taken the previous Occupational Lead Poisoning course are eligible to take this updated course for additional CE credits.

    Overview of Adult Occupational Lead Poisoning in California - free CME on adult lead poisoning (2016)

    For more information on our work in this area, see Medical management of lead-exposed workers

    Free continuing education courses - courses on other occupational and environmental health topics

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    Last modified on: 2/17/2017 1:13 PM