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Resilience in the Workplace

The Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety is partnering with the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking in the UW Foster School of Business on two courses focused on building greater resilence for safety professionals in the workplace. These two courses are focused on  increasing your ability to adapt to modern day unprecedented adversities and challenges which create fear, uncertainty, and stress in the workplace, which are detrimental to your well-being.

These courses and the lessons to be learned in them, are based on research conducted around the globe in a broad range of organizations and cultures. The expert instructor led sessions include participant break-out rooms to foster peer to peer interactions, short videos on key topics comprising the course, and a lot of skill building practice to transfer those lessons learned back to the workplace. Sessions are focused on promoting hope, efficacy, optimism, and well-being for individuals and organizations with the ultimate goal of fostering a higher degree of safety in the workplace.

Silica Protection Training for Roadway Construction

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) in partnership with the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center at the University of Washington is offering free comprehensive training on OSHA’s Silica standard for the construction industry. This course covers the development and implementation of controls and strategies to prevent or mitigate silica exposures in construction industries.

Annual Hazardous Waste Refresher

Employees involved in hazardous waste operations can receive their annual 8 hours of OSHA-required refresher training by attending this course. Group exercises, lectures, and a case study will provide students with real-life approaches to hazardous waste site operations.

Workplace Hearing Loss Prevention

This course will provide practicing industrial hygienists with a fundamental course in noise and hearing loss prevention. Through didactic sessions and activities in this 8-hour course over two days, the participants will learn about the anatomy and physiology of hearing, noise exposure assessment and control, and audiometric monitoring, and training of employees from faculty with expertise in industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, and audiology. Case studies and examples will be provided to demonstrate best practices and appropriate use of equations used in the CIH exam.

Workplace Violence Against Healthcare Workers

This webinar will increase awareness among physicians and other healthcare providers about the growing problem of workplace violence in all healthcare settings. Participants will learn about risk factors for workplace violence, the ways in which violence impacts the workplace at an organizational level, principles of workplace violence mitigation covered in the 2016 federal guidelines, and the requirements of the new Washington Workplace Violence prevention plan.

eLearning Online Course -- Green Chemistry and Chemical Stewardship Online Certificate Program

Explore the principles of green chemistry, an innovative approach for designing safer and more sustainable commercial products and industrial processes. Businesses are facing increasing market and regulatory pressures to use less toxic chemicals in their manufacturing processes and products, and there is a need to develop new solutions and more sustainable substitutes. Learn how to incorporate the principles of green chemistry into product design, material selections, and supply chain decision-making. Examine the connection between chemical toxicity and human health, and assess how these factors influence material and product decision making. Develop a new framework for reducing chemical risks and unintended adverse consequences. Incorporate best practices into your business model that leads to a safer and sustainable approach for the design, use and selection of chemicals.

You will learn the fundamental principles of green chemistry and evaluate frameworks for incorporating chemical toxicity and human health considerations into product design, material selections, and supply chain decision-making.

Occupational Medicine Grand Rounds with CME/CNE

Occupational and environmental health exposures cause thousands of illnesses and injuries each year. This lecture series addresses the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of disease and injuries related to environmental and occupational exposures encountered by physicians and their colleagues in local, regional, and international settings.

NIOSH-Approved Spirometry 1-Day Refresher Training Course

NIOSH-Approved Spirometry training courses offered at the University of Washington (UW) incorporate the most recent American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) spirometry requirements and testing procedures. The ATS is the leading medical professional society in the United States that provides evidence-based statements for pulmonary function laboratory standards, testing procedures, and interpretation of test results.
The 1-day refresher course is designed for experienced spirometry technicians who have completed a NIOSH spirometry certification course within the last five years. Documentation of a valid NIOSH Spirometry certificate is required.

NIOSH-Approved 2-Day Initial Spirometry Training Course

NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training courses offered at the University of Washington (UW) incorporate the most recent American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) spirometry testing procedures and interpretation standards. The ATS is the leading medical professional society in the United States that provides evidencebased statements for pulmonary function laboratory standards, testing procedures, and the interpretation of test results.
This course is designed for technicians who have never taken the NIOSH Spirometry certification course, or with certificates more than 5 years old. This class is appropriate for novice as well as highly experienced spirometry technicians.

Industrial Hygiene Principles & Practice: Ventilation

This course will provide practicing industrial hygienists with a fundamental training in assessing workplace ventilation design and function. Through didactic sessions and hands on activities in this day and a half long course, the participants will learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of ventilation systems, diagnose problems, and apply the equations on the CIH exam equation sheet to everyday ventilation problems. Both general dilution ventilation and local exhaust ventilation systems will be examined.

This training is intended for all practicing industrial hygienists who are tasked with evaluating ventilation systems, or who are studying for the CIH exam and would like a review of the fundamentals of ventilation.

Occupational Diseases Online Course (ODOC) Series

This mixed-media online series serves as an introduction to a variety of important occupational diseases. The individual 80-100 min units will be rolled out over the next year, and are organized around work-related diseases using public health scenarios and clinical cases.

To promote integration of concepts, video and other interactive multimedia content are offered, along with periodic knowledge checks, to self-assess your learning. This series is designed to ensure that, upon completion of the individual units, students can effectively apply evidence-based principles to their practice.

Additionally, each unit will offer a UW certificate of completion and the ability to qualify for accredited Continuing Education hours from our joint providership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.