The project focuses on the ways that Houston communities, households, families, and individuals, as well as organizations, institutions and government officials, responded to the threats and realities imposed by Hurricane Harvey.
SWCOEH hosts Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance
The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) hosted the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) team from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) during their deployment to Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey disaster response.
In this seminar, Dr. Sherry Baron describes how, following Hurricane Sandy in New York City, occupational health researchers from the City University of New York, in collaboration with community-based organizations developed a safety and health training program and distributed personal protective equipment to more than 500 Latino construction day laborers doing cleanup and reconstruction.
Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, the UTHealth School of Public Health, Texas A&M University, and Oregon State University formed a multi-disciplinary team to determine the short and long-term health effects related to the flooding and potential exposures.(Photo: Melissa Correa, KHOU 11 News)
SWCOEH is providing health and safety training to affected community residents, volunteers and workers on how to use N95 respirators and gloves during cleanup. Training includes health education on mold and other environmental contaminants.
Study investigates family decision making after Hurricane Harvey
Researchers with UTHealth School of Public Health’s Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research are studying how families affected by Hurricane Harvey make decisions as they move forward with the recovery process. Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez, Air National Guard
Hurricane Harvey and flooding in coastal Texas and Louisiana has left many communities and workers with questions on how to safely cleanup and remove flooded materials from homes, schools and businesses in order to rebuild. The health and safety of communities and workers is our priority and therefore we have put together a list of web resources to use as a guide for cleanup and recovery efforts. First, please review the top health considerations for entering a flooded home or business before you begin the re-entry process. Life threatening risks include electrocution, carbon monoxide poisoning, or other injuries occurring during remediation. Stay safe.
Affected individuals outside the shelters can call the State Bar Hotline at 1-800-504-7030 or call in for HBA LegalLines (Weekdays September 5-September 29 from 3-5pm, and September 6th and 20th from 5-9pm at 713-759-1133 or toll-free 866-959-1133). (From: Houston Volunteer Lawyer https://www.makejusticehappen.org)
Watch this short video to learn how to put on and wear the N95 mask the right way to protect your health! This video is for education purposes only. Please contact us at email@example.com with questions and comments.
El SWCOEH enseña cómo llevar correctamente la mascarilla N95
Published on Sep 18, 2017
Vea este video corto para aprender cómo colocar y llevar correctamente la mascarilla N95, ¡para proteger su salud! Este video tiene fines únicamente educativos. Si tiene preguntas o comentarios, favor de contactarnos en firstname.lastname@example.org.
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