WRITER: Amy Couteé
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Clinical and legal aspects of occupational health to be discussed
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some of the most notorious industrial accidents from
the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown to the grounding of the Exxon Valdez oil
tanker share a common thread. Each occurred in the middle of the night,
when human alertness is at its lowest point.
Night work involves unique risks that can affect the health and welfare
of the worker and the public. With more than 15 million U.S. workers employed
on the night shift, sleepy workers are an issue for a variety of companies
including trucking firms, security agencies, food services and manufacturing
How employers can help keep shift workers from suffering from this lack
of alertness and possibly prevent such devastating accidents will be one
of the issues addressed at the conference, "Current Topics in Occupational
Health," May 12 at the Iowa Memorial Union. The conference will cover
the issue of sleep disorders among workers and other health issues pertaining
to the workplace.
The public is invited to hear specialists from the University of Iowa
present workplace issues to a multi-disciplinary audience of physicians,
nurses, physical and occupational therapists, industrial hygienists, health
and safety professionals and health administrators. Participants will learn
more about sleep disorders, the Americans with Disabilities Act, prevention
of infectious diseases, independent medical evaluations and treatment of
"These important issues confront health care professionals in occupational
settings every day," says conference coordinator Laurie Walkner. "This
conference is an excellent opportunity to discuss these issues and gather
input from professionals in the field."
Pre-registration is required. The $160 fee includes program materials,
luncheon, refreshments and continuing education credit. The conference
is sponsored by WORKSAFE, a UI occupational health program, as well as
the UI College of Medicine and the College of Nursing.
For more information regarding the conference and to register, contact
the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes at (319) 335-3231 or (800)
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored
events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation
in order to participate in this program please contact the UI Office of
Continuing Medical Education at (319) 335-8598.