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WOEMA Legislative Update
WOEMA
Here is a quick glance at WOEMA's stance on several pieces of legislation.

Bill
Subject
WOEMA
AB 69 (Perea) Establish groundwater nitrate Fund. Support
AB 332 (Hall) Requires OSHSB to develop standards for the adult film industry. Support, offer friendly amendments
SB 193 (Monning) Requires manufacturers and distributors of toxic workplace materials to report customer lists and shipments. Support
SB 352 (Pavley) Allows MAs to work under PA, NP, or nurse-wife supervision in medical offices (current law limits setting to few community clinics). Support
SB 718 (Yee) Requires a hospital to develop a violence prevention plan as part of its injury prevention program. Support, if amended
SB 809 (DeSaulnier) Funds CURES program by imposing a $9 physician license- renewal fee and unspecified tax on insurers and manufacturers.! Support, if amended

Click here for more specifics on the bills
and for details on the amendments suggested by WOEMA.
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Congratulations to WOEMA Members Acquiring ACOEM Fellowship Status
WOEMA
Monica Brown, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Andrew H. Guo, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM
Peter D. Swann, MD, FAAFP, FACOEM

The 2013 class of new ACOEM Fellows was recognized with a Fellow medallion in a special elevation ceremony which opened the Annual Membership Meeting Luncheon held at the AOHC at Rosen Shingle Creek Florida this past April. The status of Fellow is the highest classification of membership in ACOEM. Fellowship distinguishes and recognizes members of the college for their training, accomplishments, and experience in occupational medicine at the national, component, and local levels, as well as the member's academic and scientific contributions.

Click here for a list of new members and members who achieved Fellow status.
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June 26 CME webinar — Free for WOEMA Members
WOEMA
Dr. Marius Koga of UC Davis will present "Cultural Considerations in Subclinical PTSD in Law Enforcement Officers." Visit the WOEMA webinar calendar for more information.

Registration is required for this meeting. Click here to register.

Webinar Description: Half of the traumatized OIF/OEF veterans fear that receiving treatment would harm their careers. Another 65 percent believe they would be considered weak for seeking help and would lose their peers' confidence. Since few employers disclose up-front their policies regarding pre-existing mental conditions and thresholds for disqualification, veterans seeking employment after military service as police officers and firefighters tend to hide their scars. The daily hazards of police work make this an occupation extremely vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder especially in veterans with a subthreshold condition. This epidemic is not well researched, recognized, treated, or even admitted. Although screening tools, such as the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale, exist to evaluate levels of PTSD severity, almost no law enforcement agency reports using one. Cultural considerations in evaluating and treating enforcement officers are important both for research and for training of primary care physicians, nurses, and HR departments of law enforcement agencies.
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Some LA County Bus Drivers Say Pesticides Are Making Them Ill
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County bus drivers say they are regularly becoming ill — sometimes while behind the wheel — from pesticides sprayed inside their vehicles by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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Western Occupational Health Conference 2013, Honolulu
WOEMA
The math is quite simple:
Over 30 hours of CME + tropical Waikiki, Hawaii = WOHC 2013.


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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
WOEMA
One estimate is that more information has been produced in the last 30 years than in the previous 5,000 years and if you prescribe opioids, the tsunami of guidelines and 'best practices' makes you believe this.

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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
WOEMA
Pillboxie – an iPhone App to assist compliance

Comprehensive interventions surpass single-focus efforts to improve patient compliance, but can be challenging to implement in a 15 minute office visit. Pillboxie, a fun, intuitive and easy to use medication reminder application may make medication compliance easier for your patients. This application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch reminds your patients of which medications are prescribed, when they need to be taken, and alerts patients with a visual and audio reminder when meds are to be taken.
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Lead Still a Health Concern for California Workers
California Department of Public Health — Occupational Health Watch
A new report from the California Occupational Blood Lead Registry shows that thousands of California workers are still being exposed to lead and have elevated blood lead levels. These workers are at risk for significant long-term health effects. In some industries where lead is a hazard, such as painting work that disturbs lead paint, very few employers provide mandated blood lead testing. Despite this limitation, the data collected provides valuable information. For example, workers with Hispanic surnames are disproportionately represented among workers with elevated blood lead levels, suggesting that Hispanic workers may be more likely to be exposed to lead on the job. In addition, among those who test, employers in some industries are more successful than others in protecting their workforce from lead on the job, as evidenced by the lower blood lead levels of their workers.

For other data highlights, see the full report: Blood lead levels in California workers, 2008-2011.

Improvements in the Cal/OSHA lead regulations (known as "Standards") could enhance workplace protections, as well as address the critical issue of under-testing. Cal/OSHA has initiated an advisory committee process for revising its two Lead Standards. CDPH staff are actively participating in this process. The Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is part of the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health.
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Western Occupational Health Conference 2013 — Sept. 25
WOEMA
Aloha! WOHC 2013 is just three months away! Have you registered yet?

Over 30 hours of CME including:
  • Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Course.
  • Post graduate sessions and worksite tours.
  • Two full days of exceptional plenary topics and speakers.
  • Special events & opportunities for attendees and guests —
    Golf, catamaran cruise, snorkeling and more!
  • Winning combination of education and rejuvenation set in tropical setting.
Click here for the conference brochure.
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Some LA County Bus Drivers Say Pesticides Are Making Them Ill
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County bus drivers say they are regularly becoming ill — sometimes while behind the wheel — from pesticides sprayed inside their vehicles by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. At least 14 Metro drivers are pursuing workers' compensation claims, and more than 110 have signed a petition that demands a halt to the spraying, according to their attorney. Some operators are on medical leave, and a few say they have left Metro because of repeated exposure.
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Pain Management in Occupational Health: A Guide For Non-Narcotic Pain Relief
Healio
Narcotic pain management is currently a topic of concern in the United States; the latest concerns are both legal and ethical. Narcotics are frequently prescribed medications that, when improperly used or supervised, can cause death. Legal concerns include prescribing narcotics without performing detailed health-related evaluations, not recognizing those seeking drugs for personal recreational use, and clients diverting drugs to others for financial gain. Injured workers need to have pain controlled and be mentally safe to perform their job duties.
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Pressurized Intraperitoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy
PubMed
Pressurized intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy is a novel approach for treating peritoneal carcinomatosis. First encouraging results have been obtained in human patients. However, delivering chemotherapy as an aerosol might result in an increased risk of exposure to health care workers, as compared with other administration routes.
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Surgeon General Benjamin Stepping Down
Occupational Health & Safety
Dr. Regina M. Benjamin tweeted June 13 that she is leaving her post as surgeon general of the United States. Benjamin, M.D., MBA, has served in the post since being confirmed on Oct. 29, 2009, after a noteworthy career, including becoming the first physician younger than 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association's Board of Trustees. She also served as president of the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation and chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.
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Work Stress Leads To Poor health Choices
The British Psychological Society
Workplace and financial stress can result in people making poor health choices. This is the suggestion of two studies led by Jon Macy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Health Science at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, which were drawn from the IU Smoking Survey of 3,984 men and women aged 37 to 50.
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