Upcoming CPWR Webinars
Tuesday, June 15th at 2:00 pm EDT
Occupational exposures to epoxy resins among construction painters: methods to monitor exposures and urinary biomarkers
This webinar will present researchers’ findings on occupational exposures to epoxy resins among construction painters working in anti-corrosion metal structure coating – a multibillion dollar market. Epoxy resins used on steel structure coatings derive almost exclusively from Bisphenol A Diglycidyl Ether (BADGE). Epoxy exposures are associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis, respiratory disorders, and potential endocrine disruption effects. This presentation will focus on findings related to inhalation and dermal exposures to BADGE as well as biomonitoring of pre- and post-shift urine samples collected at various metal structure coating sites in Massachusetts. In addition, Dr. Bello will discuss the adequacy of current exposure controls and provide recommendations to further reduce epoxy exposures among painters during steel structure coating in construction. We will follow the presentation with Q&A.
Welcome: Bernard Mizula, MS, CIH, CIT, CHS-V, RPIH, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, IUPAT/Finishing Trades Institute
Presenter: Dhimiter Bello, ScD, MSc, Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Tuesday, June 29th at 2:00 pm EDT
Heat-related Illness & Death in Construction
Construction workers, who often work outdoors in direct sunlight or in hot, enclosed spaces, are at risk for heat-related illnesses and, in severe cases, death. In fact, construction workers make up about 6% of the total U.S. workforce, but from 1992 to 2016, they accounted for 36% of all occupational heat-related deaths. Learn more about research findings on heat-related deaths among construction workers as well as CPWR resources and solutions to help prevent them in this 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A.
Moderator: Rick Rinehart, ScD, Deputy Director, CPWR
Gavin West, MPH, Director, Nanomaterials Research
Chris Le, MPH, Program Manager, Construction Solutions Database
Rosa Greenberg, MPH, Research Assistant, Research to Practice (r2p)