Continuing Education, Occupational Health

COEH Celebrates 40 Years!

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Every year, thousands of California workers become injured or ill due to work. While fatal workplace injuries have been on a downward trend since 1999, preventable workplace fatalities still occur. In the years ahead, climate change, social disparities, and the changing world of work will present new challenges to health and safety professionals tasked with protecting public health.

For the last 40 years, faculty, researchers, and students at the Northern Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) have conducted vital research to help inform state policy, provided education and training to protect vulnerable workers, and promoted health and safety in California’s workplaces.

“During the past four decades, COEH researchers have had a major impact on work-related musculoskeletal injury in multiple work settings, including computer work, farm work, clothing manufacture, and construction. Reduction of injuries has resulted from the design of ergonomically improved work stations and tools. Our work has also contributed to efforts to protect farm workers and their communities from the hazards of pesticide and heat exposures. COEH researchers have provided the scientific evidence that led OSHA to establish a stricter exposure limit for benzene. We also have contributed important experimental evidence to support EPA air quality standards.” John Balmes, Director, Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (UC Berkeley)

“The COEH is proud of its important role in conducting research on the causes of occupational and environmental disease, educating future practitioners and the public and translating its findings into policies and programs to reduce illness and injury.” Marc Schenker, Founding Director, Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (UC Davis)

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, COEH at UC Berkeley and UC Davis will be hosting a joint symposium in Sacramento, California on May 4 & May 5, 2018. The symposium will celebrate occupational health successes, and look ahead to explore emerging occupational and environmental health issues.

Continuing education credits are available, visit to learn more.


Friday, May 4:

Day one of the symposium will feature moderated panel discussions on topics such as climate change and health, animal health and human infectious disease risk, community outreach and engagement, sexual harassment and assault at work, and the prevention of injuries though ergonomics. Course content is intended for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals including occupational medicine physicians and mid-level practitioners, occupational health nurses, registered environmental health specialists, industrial hygienists, and certified safety professionals.


Saturday, May 5:

Day two of the symposium will explore current topics in occupational and environmental medicine. Topics include the health impacts of wildfires, emerging treatments for myofascial pain, managing co-morbidities in the workplace, and updates in the examination of commercial drivers, among others. Course content is intended for clinicians including MD, DO, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and allied health professionals.

Environmental Health

6th annual EHS Symposium, “Responding to Climate Change: Environmental Health and Justice”.

The UC Berkeley’s 6th annual EHS Symposium, “Responding to Climate Change: Environmental Health and Justice” will be held on Fri, March 9, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST.

Join us for this anniversary event and hear from phenomenal researchers in our program as well a distinguished EHS alumnus. The keynote speaker will address heat-related mortality and morbidity for vulnerable populations. Following the speakers, there will be a networking reception with light refreshments.

Our speakers include:

Rupa Basu, PhD – Heat-Related Mortality and Morbidity in California

Joan Casey, PhD – Inequity in Noise Pollution in the United States

Ajay Pillarisetti, PhD – Household Air Pollution: Updates from India and beyond

Rachel Sklar, PhD Student – From Darkness to Dignity: Formalizing Sanitation Workers in Urban Slums

Tomás León, PhD Candidate – As I Lay Dying: Perspectives on Environmental Health Problems

We hope that you’ll be able to join us for this special event and support the Environmental Health Sciences Division.


Fri, March 9, 2018

4:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST

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Organizer:Environmental Health Sciences

Organizer of Responding to Climate Change: Environmental Health and Justice

Faculty and students in the Environmental Health Sciences Division research, teach and learn how human populations—especially the most vulnerable members of society, such as young children, pregnant women, and the poor—are affected by environmental exposures, ranging from microbial and chemical contamination of water, air and other media, to climate change, industrialization, and unplanned urbanization. We develop and apply cutting-edge methods, build research collaborations across global and domestic institutions, and lead major research centers and projects around the world. Our faculty educate, challenge, mentor, and inspire tomorrow’s leaders in environmental health, preparing students to assess the health impacts of environmental exposures, and to advance means for their measurement and control. Learn more about the programs in Environmental Health Sciences at Berkeley, and about our faculty’s internationally recognized expertise in addressing pressing global challenges in health and the environment.


2015 Lela Morris COEH Symposium


Save the date for Friday, May 22, 2015, from 1-5 PM for the Lela Morris COEH Symposium!

Learn about how the design of the workplace, from the level of tools to the overall organization, has a strong influence on the health and well-being of our working population. This half day conference will explore key factors in the design of work that can improve safety, health, and productivity. The talks will be practical and will include real-world case studies, followed by moderated panel discussions.

There will also be a special retirement event to celebrate Dr. David Rempel from 5-7 PM.

Both events will be held at the David Brower Center.