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Emergency Wildfire Smoke Regulation

August 23, 2019

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 (airnow.gov).  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

OR

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

July 25, 2019

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

June 17, 2019

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

April 26, 2019

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

January 31, 2019

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

December 19, 2018

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

November 14, 2018

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: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.html

 

Get Prepared for Heat

May 31, 2018

As summer approaches, now is the time to create safe work practices for outdoor work in the heat.  Cal/OSHA recommends these 4 steps:

National Public Health Week 2018

April 05, 2018

This week we celebrate National Public Health Week (NPHW). Join the CDC and the American Public Health Association in creating the healthiest nation in one generation. Public health begins with safe communities, water, and food. In addition, having access to healthcare and preventing injuries and illnesses are essential to our nation’s health.

Check out these resources for more information and activities!

NPHW 2018 Website

Learn more about the Healthiest Nation 2030 goal and a new public health topic every day this week on the National Public Health Week website 

Staying Healthy at Work During Flu Season

February 22, 2018

Close contact with co-workers can make staying healthy a challenge during flu season.  Getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to prevent flu.  The CDC recommends these other important actions to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading the flu: (https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/workplace/employees.html)

1. Stay home when you are sick

Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone 

Silica

January 25, 2018

Cal/OSHA’s new Silica standard took effect in June, 2017, and has been enforced since Fall 2017.  The standard contains a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) as well as new requirements for medical surveillance. https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/1532_3.html

Workers who inhale fine crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious silica-related diseases, including:

Go Green for the Holidays

December 05, 2017

This holiday season, join the CDC in promoting sustainability with its “Go Green for the Holidays” suggestions (https://www.cdc.gov/features/greenholidays/index.html).  The season of giving can be an opportunity to give responsibly and with care for the environment.  How you wrap gifts, which types of decorations you hang, and how you shop can positively impact your environment and your community.  Here are some of the CDC’s sustainable holiday ideas: