UW Occupational and Environmental Medicine Lecture Series
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
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
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.
Register online at: https://osha.washington.edu/professional-development or call 206-543-1069