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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.

eLearning Online Course -- Infection Prevention & Control on Farms

This course will cover common risk factors and transmission modes of zoonotic diseases, offer best practices for prevention of disease threats, and share resources for infection prevention and control on the farm.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Discuss how human health care providers, veterinary providers, farm /producer management, and environmental management can best work together as a One Health team, both to prevent and respond to an infectious disease outbreak on a farm or other animal agricultural facility.
• Describe transmission routes to humans and the clinical presentation for a number of important zoonotic pathogens and diseases including highly pathogenic influenza.
• Describe site-specific engineering controls and training to reduce exposure to specific infectious agents present in animal farming as well as chemicals used as disinfectants and depopulation methods.
• Explain the roles and mandates of local, state and federal agencies to foster community engagement and coordination in the case of an infectious disease outbreak.

Hazardous Materials Requirements of the International Codes Webinar Series

Fire, building, mechanical, and electrical codes provide minimum life safety requirements. For buildings with hazardous materials, these codes are comprehensive and complicated and require specific technical training for successful implementation. The purpose of this series of webinars is to help prepare code professionals to review plans and inspect facilities for compliance with the hazardous materials provisions of the fire, building, mechanical, and electrical codes.

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.

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.

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.

Transformational Leadership Academy

This semester-long Leadership Academy is for occupational health and safety professionals seeking to improve their leadership skills in order to transform the safety culture in their organization. Academy curriculum is based on a model for leadership development generated from research by the Foster School of Business Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking (CLST). It will include assessments of participants’ readiness and capability to lead as well as projects aimed at developing their leadership capabilities.

Upon completion of this semester-long program, graduates will complete a personal leadership development plan focused on participant strengths and areas for development. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in leadership and practice positive behaviors via an action learning project in the workplace, as well as the opportunity for practicing positive coaching behaviors.

The academy will be delivered remotely and will include a series of live, interactive video conference sessions, assessments, and an action learning project.