Nguyen Awarded UC Smoke – and Tobacco – Free Fellowship

Congratulations to UC Berkeley, School of Public Health undergraduate and COEH Professor S. Katharine Hammond’s student scholar,  Patton Nguyen, for being selected as a recipient of the University of California Smoke – and Tobacco – Free Fellowship Program!

Patton Nguyen

“I’m interested in researching cannabis to understand potential harmful exposures from smoking indoors. Cannabis may smell pleasant compared to traditional tobacco, but the research of what’s behind the smell and beyond is not well understood. Cannabis is illegal to smoke outdoors and people are forced to smoke in their homes around children and nonsmokers. The belief that cannabis smoke is not as harmful as it may truly be needs to be addressed. I am passionate about this topic because of my experience around peers who feel comfortable around cannabis smoke. However in many of my classes and current research projects with CHAPS, I see parallels between cannabis, tobacco, and environmental pollutants that pose serious harm and adverse health effects. 

I will be doing a research project evaluating harmful exposures from cannabis secondhand smoke. My research will fill gaps in the current literature and understandings of cannabis exposures. As a UC-STF Fellow I hope to use what I find and advocate against cannabis use on the Cal campus while informing the greater public of potential harm from cannabis secondhand smoke.” 

Read the official UC press release


2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series – Process Safety Implementation Pyramid


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
10:30 – 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

During this *FREE* webinar, Richard Meier will introduce a novel tool for understanding the fundamentals of chemical process safety. It will show a step by step guide for implementing and teaching this complex subject.

The pyramid can also be used as a flow chart to time-task a multi professional work group in either creating from scratch, or evaluating a facility’s program. Participants should come away with a better understanding of how to build and organize a very complex team endeavor. The Great Pyramids were built methodically, block by block.

On completion of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic principles of chemical process safety
  • Identify the elements of process safety planning
  • Prepare the steps needed to collaboratively implement a process safety plan

For complete information and registration, visit

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series – Mindfulness: Promoting Health and Safety by Being in the Moment


Wednesday, October 4, 2017
10:30 – 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

As scientists demonstrate numerous benefits associated with practicing mindfulness (a state of being present with focused attention), a mindful revolution is sweeping our nation. During this *FREE* webinar, Dr. Jessica Drew de Paz will cover an overview of UC Mindful Health & Safety, which offers a new, complementary paradigm to create healthier, safer workplaces across a variety of industries. Participants will have an opportunity to experience a brief mindfulness exercise, and to hear preliminary results from a pilot study conducted with nurses at UC Irvine Medical Center. The presentation will conclude with a bit of time to welcome your valuable feedback.

On completion of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Explain how distraction/inattentiveness are associated root causes of injuries
  • Engage in a mindfulness exercise
  • Summarize research studies pertaining to mindfulness
  • Share an overview of the “UC Mindful Health & Safety” research

For complete information and registration, visit

August 2017: COEH in the Media


Brenda Eskenazi and Asa Bradman’s paper is featured on Futurity: Common Pesticide May Cause Lung Problems in Kids.

Brenda Eskenazi and Asa Bradman’s paper is featured on Medical Xpress: Heavily Used Pesticide Linked to Breathing Problems in Farmworkers’ Children.

Brenda Eskenazi is featured on Capital Public Radio: Battle Over Pesticide Pits Demand For Proof Against Precautions For Health.

Kent Pinkerton writes a commentary for Ag Alert: UC Center Focuses on Agricultural Health and Safety.

100 Videos on US Ag Safety and Health Center’s YouTube Channel

The US Ag Safety and Health Centers are pleased to announce that their YouTube channel has now over 100 videos!


View their latest videos:

#100: One Health Explained by the Upper Midwest Center for Agricultural Health and Safety

#101-106: Safer ATV Riding on Farms and Ranches by the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety

#107-108: Roadway Safety Series by the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health and Safety

Since their YouTube Channel launch almost four years ago on November 4, 2013, their  channel has reached over 120,000 views, has had 265,000 minutes watched, and now has 597 subscribers.

The most popular video is Following Proper Grain Bin Entry Procedures Saves Lives with over 40,000 views alone.

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