Sherry Baron Discusses Post Disaster Training at University of Texas

On September 29th, Sherry Baron, MD will give a seminar titled "When Uncertain, Protect: Lessons from Hurricane Sandy on Post-disaster Safety and Health for Immigrant Clean up and Reconstruction Workers." This seminar, which is part of the UTHealth EOHS Research series, will describe the lessons learned while creating the Post Disaster Toolkit for Training Clean-up and Reconstruction Laborers. The project was created after Hurricane Sandy with funding from the Robin Hood Foundation and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The Barry Commoner Center and Make the Road New York (MRNY) trained and equipped 525 Latino day laborers doing Sandy cleanup and reconstruction with personal protective equipment to reduce potential work hazards.

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The Barry Commoner Center directs the Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP) in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council. WHPP, which includes the Early Lung Cancer Detection program (ELCD), provides medical screening for Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear defense facility workers who may have been exposed to radiation and toxic substances such as beryllium, asbestos and industrial solvents. To date, WHPP has screened over 30,000 DOE workers.

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