Research Scientist I / II – Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Public Health

The Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) in the Occupational Health Branch at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will soon be filling a Research Scientist (RS) I or II civil service position located in Richmond, California (SF Bay Area).

The position will support the Occupational Lead Registry, a public health surveillance database.

The RS series requirements changed in May 2018. Check the minimum qualifications here: http://www.calhr.ca.gov/state-hr-professionals/Pages/5576.aspx

Civil service jobs require a 2-step process: 1) apply to get on a CDPH civil service hiring list for a classification for which you are eligible; and 2) wait to be notified of vacancies for that classification, then apply for that specific job and the interview process conducted by the hiring supervisor.

To apply for the CDPH RS I or II list, see the Official Exam Bulletins:

If you are interested in this position, please contact Nina Townsend, CIH, MPH, CSP, Chief, Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, CDPH at nina.townsend@cdph.ca.gov or (510) 620-5763 and Susan Payne, MA, Chief Surveillance and Case Investigation Unit at susan.payne@cdph.ca.gov or (510) 620-5733.

Department of Industrial Relations, safety and health

California Adopts New Workplace Safety Regulation to Protect Hotel Housekeepers from Injury

California’s Department of Industrial Relations reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB)  adopted the proposed standard on January 18 after six years of staff research and analysis and participation by the public through meetings, hearings and submission of comments. The standard will be added to Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations as section 3345, Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.

LOHP, Occupational Health, safety and health



LOHP webinar
Thursday, March 15, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)
Free Webinar

Green cleaning products and practices can reduce chemical hazards on the job and protect the health of workers. (Sponsored by LOHP)

Attend this webinar to learn:
* The health hazards of cleaning and disinfecting products
* What to look for when buying safer chemicals, tools, and equipment
* How to avoid “greenwashing”
* Green cleaning resources


Debbie Shrem, MPH, is a health educator with the Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program in the California Department of Public Health. She will present on green and asthma-safer cleaning. Debbie has led the Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools project for 8 years, a project that helps school districts transition to using asthma-safer, greener, and healthier cleaning products, practices, and methods.

Glenn Sherman is the Assistant Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities at Livermore School District. He helped implement green cleaning practices in his school district as part of a Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program (WRAPP).

Laura Medina is the Southern California Regional Director for Building Skills Partnership (BSP), is a unique statewide nonprofit that provides workforce development training to immigrant workers. Laura has been with BSP since 2008; she has led the development and implementation of BSP’s comprehensive service and training model to offer programming such as the Green Janitor Certification, health and wellness, citizenship, and parent education programs.