RMCOEH Faculty Announces Publication of Virtual Meeting Book
RESEARCH
Aug 25, 2020

RMCOEH Faculty Announces Publication of Virtual Meeting Book

Dr. Joseph Allen has released a valuable book on the best practices for meeting in face-to-face and in virtual settings, the value of keeping the video camera on, the ideal production values, and virtual meeting etiquette, among many other key topics. The book also covers more complex and ongoing questions of the future of meetings, including managing meetings across global cultures and how to balance in-person and remote attendees in a hybrid meeting. ... Read More

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

RMCOEH Congratulates Recent Graduates
EDUCATION
May 15, 2020

RMCOEH Congratulates Recent Graduates

Congratulations to our Spring 2020 graduates! In lieu of a traditional ceremony, we have opted to hold a virtual graduation on Zoom, including a brief profile on all our graduates in different programs. ... Read More

RMCOEH Director Speaks at Press Conference
RECOGNITION
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

RMCOEH Releases Employer's Guide to Corona Virus
RESEARCH
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

Meeting Recovery Syndrome: Recovering from Worthless Workdays
RESEARCH
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

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

A New Opioid Guidelines Program Reduces Risk, Number of Prescriptions, and Associations with Fatalities
RESEARCH
Aug 09, 2019

A New Opioid Guidelines Program Reduces Risk, Number of Prescriptions, and Associations with Fatalities

SALT LAKE CITY, August 9, 2019—An evidence-based opioid guidelines-based program was implemented at the largest worker’s compensation program in Utah. University of Utah researchers at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health found that the program led to significant reductions in opioid use, the length of opioid prescriptions, refill frequency, and the morphine equivalent dose (MED), all of which are key risk factors for long-term opioid use and misuse. ... Read More

Protecting Workers Against Carpal Tunnel: How Effective are Updated Guidelines?
RESEARCH
Jul 31, 2019

Protecting Workers Against Carpal Tunnel: How Effective are Updated Guidelines?

SALT LAKE CITY, July 31, 2019—Rocky Mountain Center Director, Dr. Kurt Hegmann, was co-author on a recent publication in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene that examined the effect of new guidelines from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). The research team pooled data from six prospective cohort studies that investigated workplace risk factors of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders. Workers from industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, services, and construction were videotaped to analyze their use of hand force and repetition. 42.4% of workers were classified as above the updated guidelines versus 23.2% above the 2001 guidelines. The 2018 limits were linked to 48 fewer cases of CTS.... Read More

New Video from the RMCOEH: Surviving an Active Shooter
RESEARCH
Jul 02, 2019

New Video from the RMCOEH: Surviving an Active Shooter

Workplace violence is unfortunately an occupational hazard of the twenty-first century. With the generous support of the Workers Compensation Mutual Fund (WCF), researchers at the RMCOEH have paired with YouTactical Nation and New Lake Media to create a video demonstrating how to stay safe in an active shooter situation... Read More

Industrial Hygiene Program Named #3 in Nation by MPH Online
RECOGNITION
Jun 09, 2019

Industrial Hygiene Program Named #3 in Nation by MPH Online

SALT LAKE CITY, June 10, 2019—MPHOnline, the online authority for master's of public health degrees ranked University of Utah's Industrial Hygiene (IH) program as #3 in the nation. In order to create a ranking that reflected the needs of students, MPHOnline used three criteria: 1) alumni salary, 2) cost, and 3) reputation. The IH program was praised for its multidisciplinary approach, incorporating engineering, epidemiology, ergonomics, toxicology, biostatistics, management, and more. MPHOnline also noted that the IH program offers substantial real-world experience with employers, as well as an emphasis on research. Congratulations to the IH program!... Read More

Adherence to Evidence-Based Guidelines Improves Outcomes and Sharply Lowers Costs for Low Back Pain
RESEARCH
Apr 08, 2019

Adherence to Evidence-Based Guidelines Improves Outcomes and Sharply Lowers Costs for Low Back Pain

SALT LAKE CITY, April 8, 2019—New research performed at the Worker's Compensation Fund (WCF) Mutual Insurance Company led by investigators at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational Environmental Health, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, finds that adherence to evidence-based medicine guidelines for low back pain (LBP) is associated with faster resolution of symptoms and decreased worker's compensation costs.... Read More

$8.43 Million Training Grant Awarded
RECOGNITION
Aug 22, 2018

$8.43 Million Training Grant Awarded

SALT LAKE CITY, August 22, 2018—The University of Utah’s Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH), the first Statutorily Established Occupational Health Center in the U. S., has won a $8.43 million, 5-year grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to continue training graduate students and conducting research in occupational safety and health.... Read More

Donald C. Sinclair, II, J.D. presenting  “Epidemiology in the Courtroom: Determination of Causation in Medicolegal Proceedings.
EDUCATION
Apr 10, 2018

Donald C. Sinclair, II, J.D. presenting “Epidemiology in the Courtroom: Determination of Causation in Medicolegal Proceedings.

On April 10, 2018, the RMCOEH Occupational Medicine Grand Rounds was held at the WCF, with Donald C. Sinclair, II, J.D. presenting “Epidemiology in the Courtroom: Determination of Causation in Medicolegal Proceedings. Mr. Sinclair holds a J.D. from West Virginia University, and is of Counsel at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Wheeling, WV. Mr. Sinclair concentrates his practice on occupational and environmental litigation in the energy and transportation sectors. ... Read More

Truck Driving Could Be Hazardous to Your Health
RESEARCH
Jan 12, 2018

Truck Driving Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Over a 7-year period, truck drivers’ health worsened considerably compared to that of the general working population, according to a new study by researchers at University of Utah Health. One possible explanation is that the occupation of trucking could be making them sick.... Read More

RESEARCH
Jan 02, 2017

Study: Shoulder problems linked to heart disease risk

Results from a study led by Dr. Hegmann and colleagues to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine show that people who have risk factors for heart disease are several times more likely to have shoulder and rotator cuff issues.... Read More

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