NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series: Preserving Lung Health: At Work and Beyond

Following opening remarks by the Office of Total Worker Health, Dr. Cara Halldin will speak about recent research related to longitudinal lung function monitoring of workers and its implications for triggering health interventions. She will also discuss freely available tools that may assist health professionals in identifying workers at risk of experiencing decline in lung function.
 
Dr. David Weissman will provide an overview of the draft NIOSH document Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury through Workplace Tobacco Policies, which applies a Total Worker Health approach of integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion, including smoking cessation programs, to prevent worker injury and illness. Specific topics addressed include: tobacco use among workers, exposure to secondhand smoke in workplaces, occupational health and safety concerns relating to tobacco use and secondhand exposure, electronic nicotine delivery systems, and workplace interventions to reduce tobacco product usage and secondhand exposure.
 
Dr. Cassandra Okechukwu then will discuss practical considerations for implementing integrated interventions for tobacco cessation, including both common barriers and potential solutions using past and current experiences implementing smoking cessation interventions for construction workers. She will give an update on evidence-based components of smoking cessation interventions and how they can be applied to integrated interventions.
 
Target audiences:
 
  • Industrial hygienists and occupational safety and health professionals
  • Health promotion and health education professionals
  • Employers, risk management, and human resources professionals
  • Doctors and other medical and nursing professionals
 
Free continuing education opportunities are available, including CME, CNE, CEU, and CECH. For more information, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/TWH/webinar.html.