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WOEMA LIVE PG Session Annoucement

Please join Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Associate for a LIVE Post-Graduate Session which will be addressing the considerations and concerns about spirometry/ pulmonary testing in the time of COVID-19.

Session will be held on September 2nd from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM.

For more information and registration please CLICK HERE.

Tips to Avoid Overheating

California has been experiencing some extreme weather during this last week. Painfully hot and humid conditions have been making it difficult to stay cool. Preventative and occupational medicine expert, and our Medical Director, Dr. Sheri Belafsky was able to provide some helpful advice to avoid overheating in a recent interview with ABC 10. Read up on her tips for staying cool HERE or watch the video below.


WOEMA Western Occupational Health Conference 2020

Mark you calendars for WOEMA's 64th annual Western Occupational Health Conference. This event will be held virtually this year September 23rd - 26th.  

Schedule at a glance:

NOTE: All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Selecting Personal Protective Equipment

A recent graphic created by Dr. Phil Harber, Prof. of Public Health, University of Arizona and Prof. Emeritus, UCLA
illustrates the decision-making in selecting personal protective equipment.  In choosing the right protection, consider these factors:

COEH Builds Bridges Symposium

Please join COEH UC Berkeley and UC Davis for COEH Builds Bridges: Warehouses, Wildfires, and Workplace Injuries.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: October 20-26

The California Department of Public Health in raising awareness about lead safety this week.  The most common way for adults to encounter lead is in their workplaces.  Safe practices when working around lead can entirely prevent lead poisoning.  Visit the CDPH’s Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program for more information for both employees and employers: click here 

How lead can enter the body: 

Emergency Wildfire Smoke Regulation

On July 18, 2019, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards board adopted an emergency regulation to protect outdoor workers from wildfire smoke exposure.  Employers, please be aware of your new responsibilities:

Check the Air Quality Index (AQI) for PM 2.5 in areas where workers are located (  If the PM2.5 is > 151, then employers must:

  1. Relocate employees to work indoors or to an outdoor location where the PM 2.5 level is 150 or lower


Is a Whole foods, Plant-based diet for me?

Does plant-based mean vegetarian?

Plant-based eating means focusing on eating foods from plant sources, such as vegetables, grains, and legumes.  People who choose to eat this way may still eat meat and dairy, they do so in smaller amounts.

Why adopt this style of eating?

Decades of research on plant-based eating have shown considerable health benefits such as lower risks of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

Which diets in particular are recommended?

Quick Tips to Stay Cool

During a recent interview with the UC Davis Health Newsroom, occupational and environmental expert, and the Medical Surveillance Program Medical Director, Dr. Sheri Belafsky provided valuable advice on ways to avoid health risks associated with high temperatures. Read the full article HERE for her best tips on how to beat the heat!

Nightshifts May Increase the Risk of Miscarriage During Pregnancy

UC Davis Medical Surveillance Program Medical Director, Dr. Sheri Belafsky, was recently interviewed by Healthline's Health News. Her expert opinion was solicited to weigh in on the correlation between an increased risk of miscarriage and pregnant women working night shifts, a concern that was researched in the Danish Study.

Dr. Belafsky had advised that further research following the Danish study would be beneficial.

Blood Pressure Update

New recommendations may change the way you think about blood pressure.  The ACC/AHA* developed these categories for defining and treating high blood pressure in 2017:  

The Benefits of Sleep

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of sleep.  Did you know that adults require seven hours of sleep every night?  Getting sufficient sleep is essential for physical and mental well-being.  It improves memory and focus, and even improves our mood.  Unfortunately, getting fewer than seven hours of sleep regularly is associated with health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.  Certain treatable health conditions, such as sleep apnea, can leave us feeling drowsy during the day.  If you're feeling sleepy during the daytime, and you're already getting 7-8 h

November 14, 2018 is World Diabetes Day

How to prevent diabetes?  Learn more about it.  Did you know that one in three Americans has Prediabetes, a precursor to diabetes? Did you also know that Prediabetes is REVERSIBLE?  Lifestyle changes are powerful and can PREVENT the onset of type 2 Diabetes:

-Increasing your activity level 

-Making healthy food choices 

Learn more at: