Upcoming Event

UW Occupational and Environmental Medicine Lecture Series
UW Medicine South Lake Union 850 Republican St Building C, Seattle, Wa 98109

6:00 pm  Networking with hors d’oeuvres OR attend via live webinar
6:15  Dinner
6:45  Lecture

Serious Scents – Obliterative Bronchiolitis in Workers Exposed to Microwave Popcorn, Flavorings, Coffee, and Boats

Speaker: Randall J. Nett, MD, MPH   Medical Officer, Field Studies Branch, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Workers in certain industries have developed a rare lung disease called obliterative bronchiolitis, a severe and irreversible lung disease often characterized by difficulty breathing and non-productive cough. The majority of cases have little or no response to medical treatment, and can require lung transplant or result in premature death.

Obliterative bronchiolitis has been linked to several chemicals including diacetyl, 2,3 – pentanedione, and styrene.  Cases have been detected among employees in microwave popcorn plants, flavoring plants, coffee processing facilities, and shipbuilding and repair operations. There is also reason to suspect that related flavoring agents used in “vaping” products may have similar effects on product users and producers.

Join us on February 8, 2017, when Dr. Nett will discuss the current research and best practices associated with this emerging occupational health concern.

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Register online at: https://osha.washington.edu/professional-development or call 206-543-1069

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NAOEM 2016 Annual Meeting

Thank you to all who attended!

Sept. 9-10, 2016
Cedarbrook Lodge, WA

NAOEM 2016 Meeting Brochure

AAFP credit update:  This Live activity, NAOEM 2016 Annual Meeting, with a beginning date of 09/09/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 15.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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