DATE: April 11, 2019, 1 pm (ET)
SPEAKERS: Amy K. Liebman, MPA, MA | Alma R Galvan, MHC | Jose Rodriguez, MD | Katherine Kruse, BA
Jason and his crew of painters arrived at their worksite ready for the day’s work. The job at hand involved stripping paint in a small room and the boss said not to come out until the job was done. It didn’t take long before Jason began feeling dizzy and nauseous and then started vomiting. Soon his world was spinning and he was slipping in and out of consciousness. He looked to his coworkers and noticed them slumped on the ground. All three men had to be removed from the site and revived. Jason was lucky. The paint stripper his crew used contained methylene chloride, which is highly toxic and has resulted in at least 17 worker deaths between the years 2000 and 2015.
Millions of workers are exposed to chemicals every day on the job. In 2016, the UN estimated that a worker dies from toxic exposure in their workplace every 30 seconds, leading to a total of 2.8 million worker deaths worldwide within the past year. In the US, all workers have the right to know about the chemicals they work with and community health workers can be an important source of information and support for workers. This webinar will offer community health workers training on how to explain what happens when someone is exposed to chemicals and how workers can best protect themselves.
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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement number U30CS09742, Technical Assistance to Community and Migrant Health Centers and Homeless for $1,094,709.00 with 0% of the total NCA project financed with non-federal sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.