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Office of Occupational Medicine
OSHA Occupational Medicine Elective
Resident Projects

Over the years, the OSHA Occupational Medicine Elective residents have been involved in a variety of projects. For example, former resident projects have addressed the scientific connection between welding and bacterial pneumonia, medical surveillance for worker populations, transmission of tuberculosis among elephants and animal handlers, and a repeat outbreak of histoplasmosis among excavation workers.

For a more complete list of projects, see below...

  • Asbestos exposures during hospital renovations
  • Automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Benzene in drinking water
  • Beryllium medical surveillance
  • Biologic agents for WMD incidents
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Cadmium medical surveillance for workers with renal disease
  • Carbon dioxide fatality investigations
  • Carbon monoxide exposures
  • Chemical agent attacks
  • Chemical plant explosion
  • Chromium neurologic and dermatologic effects
  • Coke oven emissions and urologic cancer
  • Cold exposure in migrant workers
  • Decompression tables for hyperbaric exposure
  • Electromagnetic Radiation and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
  • Elephant tuberculosis transmission to animal handlers
  • Ergonomic analysis of beverage and grocery distribution centers, and nursing homes
  • Ergonomic injury in poultry workers
  • Hair lead sampling
  • Heat stress
  • Heat injuries and fatalities
  • Histoplasmosis outbreak among construction workers
  • Hydrogen sulfide fatality investigations
  • Ionizing radiation exposure
  • Impact of upper respiratory infections in the workplace
  • Infection control in dental offices
  • Isocyanate exposure and occupational asthma
  • Laser plume and electrocautery surgery
  • Latex allergy
  • Legionella exposure
  • Lyme disease Hazard Information Bulletin
  • Nanotechnology health and safety challenges
  • Manganese, welding and pneumonia
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Medical surveillance for WMD incident responders
  • Mercury exposure
  • Metalworking fluids-medical surveillance
  • Methylene chloride exposure amoung bathtub refinishers
  • Occupational noise exposure
  • Pandemic influenza
  • Pepper spray for training security personnel
  • Personal protective equipment for agents of terrorism
  • Popcorn lung among food flavoring workers
  • Pregnancy-occupational exposure to paint chemicals
  • Russian space station scientists
  • Sick building syndrome
  • Silica exposure among pottery workers
  • Toluene exposure
  • Tuberculosis in nursing homes
  • Tunneling and Hyperbaric Operations
  • Welding hazards
  • Uranium
  • Tunneling and compressed air work
  • Vaccine recommendations for WMD incident responders
  • Workplace violence in healthcare

The projects assigned to the Office of Occupational Medicine frequently represent the most difficult health and safety challenges faced by OSHA. Residents will work one-on-one with the OOM staff on emerging Occupational Medicine issues.

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