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Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) is dedicated to protecting workers and their environment through interdisciplinary education, research, and service.

As a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-supported education and research center, we provide:

Although our outreach spans across the nation, we serve the Department of Health & Human Services-defined Region 8.

RMCOEH is housed in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine within the School of Medicine. RMCOEH also has components and faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering), Department of Economics (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences), Departments of Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (School of Medicine), the School of Business, and College of Mines.

 

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RMCOEH Faculty Selected to lead Utah Section of CDC Study on COVID-19 Among Emergency Response and Healthcare Personnel
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Aug 25, 2020

RMCOEH Faculty Selected to lead Utah Section of CDC Study on COVID-19 Among Emergency Response and Healthcare Personnel

Dr. Sarang Yoon has been selected to lead the Utah section of RECOVER: Research on the Epidemiology of COVID-19 in Emergency Response and Healthcare Personnel, a CDC-funded study in collaboration with Abt Associates. Dr. Yoon will lead a research team that will monitor COVID-19 infection among first responders and healthcare workers over the next year.... Read More

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RMCOEH Director Speaks at Press Conference
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Mar 15, 2020

RMCOEH Director Speaks at Press Conference

Kurt Hegmann, MD, MPH, Director of the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health, spoke Friday at a press conference held by Utah governor Gary Herbert in support of the governor's decision to enact a "soft closure" of Utah's K-12 schools in response to community spread of COVID-19, or the novel corona virus. Dr. Hegmann outlined the science behind the decision close the schools and praised the government's swift and protective action. He stated that "it takes tremendous fortitude to make these decisions, especially early, before there's a fatality."... Read More

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RMCOEH Releases Employer's Guide to Corona Virus
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Jan 31, 2020

RMCOEH Releases Employer's Guide to Corona Virus

Occupational health and medicine experts at the University of Utah's Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) have compiled an employer's guide to handling the 2019 corona virus (declared a public health emergency by the Department of Health and Human Services). This guide is drawn from multiple sources and expert opinion, and will be updated as the epidemic progresses/recedes and information becomes better known.... Read More

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Meeting Recovery Syndrome: Recovering from Worthless Workdays
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Nov 13, 2019

Meeting Recovery Syndrome: Recovering from Worthless Workdays

Dr. Joseph Allen, professor occupational and environmental health at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health (University of Utah) and director of the Center for Meeting Effectiveness (CME) shared his expertise with the BBC recently, identifying meeting recovery syndrome (MRS) as the need for recovery following a meeting. Dr. Allen's study on how to avoid common meeting traps offers invaluable information to anyone who needs to hold a meeting. “We have to flip the script of years and years of socialisation and the acceptance of meetings as sites of pain, when they should be places of gain,” Allen says. “All we have to do is convince people they are not helpless, it is not hopeless, and here’s some things you already know that can make your work-life better, one meeting at a time.”... Read More

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University of Utah Professor’s Experience Sobering Reminder of the Importance of Safety and Risk Management Protocols
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Sep 10, 2019

University of Utah Professor’s Experience Sobering Reminder of the Importance of Safety and Risk Management Protocols

A recent New York Times Article investigated a number of tragic injuries and a wrongful death linked to an off-road vehicle, the Polaris RZR. In spite of multiple warnings from consumers and Kenneth D’Entremont, a former safety director at Polaris and current University of Utah professor, the vehicle remains in use by consumers today. The story is a sobering reminder of the importance of product safety and incorporating dissenting voices into conversations about safety. ... Read More

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