REA is pleased to announce that REA Senior Consultant, Paul Bozek, has been elected President of the Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario (OHAO). Paul's term commenced April 2019 and runs through to 2022. This is Paul's second election as President of the association, with his prior period in office being 2011 to 2014. REA Senior Consultant Joanna Tam is also actively involved with OHAO, having served under 2017 as the Secretary-Treasurer, and continuing as a member of the Board of Directors.
Two deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were hospitalized after finding drugs and counterfeit money in a hotel room on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. After collecting the possible drug and bringing it down to their patrol vehicle, the deputies became light-headed and overheated. Narcan was self-administered and were taken to the hospital by paramedics. See full story HERE.
REA is pleased to announce that REA President, John Murphy, has joined the Opioid Working Group of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, as a full member, effective June 2018.
Due to the success at the AIHce EXP2019, we are pleased to announce that Dr. John H. Murphy will be teaching our 1-day professional development course "Cannabis Legalization - Workplace Health and Safety" on October 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at AIHA’s University Pop-Up at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Course information and registration can viewed at: https://www.aiha.org/education/FacetoFace/AIHA-University-Pop-Up/Pages/Cannabis-Legalization-Workplace-Health-and-Safety.aspx.
Due to the success at the AIHce EXP2019, we are pleased to announce that Dr. John H. Murphy will be teaching our 1-day professional development course "Fentanyl and High Potency Drugs Operational Safety" on October 27, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at AIHA’s University Pop-Up at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Course information and registration can viewed at: https://www.aiha.org/education/FacetoFace/AIHA-University-Pop-Up/Pages/Fentanyl-and-High-Potency-Drugs-Operational-Safety.aspx.
Old Saybrook, Connecticut officer was exposed to fentanyl during a vehicle search of a suspicious person on Tuesday, May 21. During the search, the wind had caught the bags and blew the drugs in to the officers face. See news release HERE.
While searching a suspect, Methuen police find a bag of fentanyl taped to his genital area. The bag had popped open and covered the officer in the white powder. See the full story on Boston 25 News at https://www.boston25news.com/news/police-hazmat-response-after-suspect-has-needle-laced-with-fentanyl/947752389.
A case report in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine examines 2 incidents where law enforcement officers were exposed to opioid and stimulant drugs and experienced health effects. Read the full text at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ajim.22967.
The 2017-2018 Annual Report for Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario is now available on-line. This report gives an account of enforcement and prevention activities and provides information on the varied activities and initiatives performed by the MoL and system partners, as well as information on the top hazards found in workplaces. Click on the links below to view the report.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. John H. Murphy will be teaching our 1-day professional development course "Cannabis Legalization - Implications on Workplace Safety" on May 19, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with Joanna Tam. Course information can viewed at the following AIHCe link: http://www.aievolution.com/aih1901/index.cfm?do=ev.viewEv&ev=1595
The province of Ontario has released their schedule for workplace inspection initiatives, with the aim to protect workers’ rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act, and to enhance employers’ awareness to their responsibilities. See what is affected and how it impacts your workplace at https://www.ontario.ca/page/workplace-inspection-initiatives?mc_cid=24bd8fe388&mc_eid=0bfa672e7c#section-1.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. John H. Murphy will be teaching our 1-day professional development course "Fentanyl and High Potency Drugs Operational Safety" on May 18, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at AIHceEXP2019. Course information can viewed at the following AIHCe link: http://www.aievolution.com/aih1901/index.cfm?do=ev.viewEv&ev=1566
Resource EHS America Inc. has launched its 2nd quarter 2018 calendar for the Fentanyl and High Potency Drugs Operational Safety Training Course. Sessions will be offered in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Charleston WV, Louisville KY, Manchester NH and Boston.
On March 20th REA President John Murphy will present a professional development seminar, “Fentanyl Fundamentals for Occupational Hygienists”, at the Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario Spring Symposium, held at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation, Mississauga, Ontario.
REA is now offering "The Fentanyl and High Potency Drugs Operational Safety Training Course - Dangers Of Potential Exposure (DOPE) in the Workplace". If your workplace has the potential of having the potential accidental exposure to high potency drugs, and if the appropriate measure are in place to handle, process, and secure these drugs this course is for you. Our qualified instructors (Dr. John Murphy and Dr. Alejandro Colozo) provide information on the risks associated with fentanyl and its analogues, and the appropriate actions to take in case of unprotected contact. Find upcoming dates and register now!
REA is proud to announce that REA Senior Consultant, Paul Bozek BASc MEng MBA ROH CIH PEng has recently been awarded the HUGH NELSON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENE. This award is presented annually by the Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario to an individual who has worked or is working as an occupational hygiene professional who has significantly advanced or contributed to the profession. Paul has been practicing occupational hygiene for over 32 years. Paul’s practice includes positions at REA, Dalla Lana School of Public Health - University of Toronto, and the City of Toronto. He has made important contributions in each of his positions. We are fortunate to have Paul as a colleague and congratulate him on his achievement.
Click on the link for more information on the Hugh Nelson Award.