ÉCOLE is an interprofessional education (IPE) program funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to address emerging technologies in occupational health and safety. The primary purpose of the program is to provide continuing education to current occupational health professionals and industrial hygienists in the field on new and emerging technologies. An interdisciplinary team of faculty with representation from Business, Law, Public Health, Environmental Science, and Health Geography will develop and lead a series of workshops, drawing on their own expertise and applying the tools/methods of their respective fields to occupational health.
The Environmental and Occupational Health at LSU School of Public Health in New Orleans will be presenting a series of workshops on emerging technologies to provide continuing education to safety, IH and occupational health professionals.
The first workshop is scheduled for March 26, 2018 at LSU in Baton Rouge on E-waste. Though this first training is in person, other offerings will be online/blended. You can find more information here.
Course description: With the proliferation of electronic devices and technologies comes the issue of managing wastes and exposures associated with the industry. EPA estimates that 438 million electronics were sold in 2009, doubling sales from 1997, including a nine-fold increase in mobile device sales (USEPA 2011). As an emerging concern, the 2011 National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship (NSES) was established to develop a truly sustainable electronics stewardship strategy and “increase the awareness of the importance of electronics stewardship and recognize the opportunities and challenges created by the exponential growth of electronics in the US” (NSES 2014). This workshop will provide participants with a global perspective on e-waste, information about the chemicals associated with the electronics industry, and knowledge about the health and environmental impacts from e-waste recycling and disposal.
Course content: The workshop will be one (1) full-day session with break-out discussions. Topics to be covered include:
- Global perspectives on e-waste: who produces it, where does it go and how is it regulated?
- Chemicals associated with e-waste, including air emissions from reclamation.
- Health and environmental impacts from e-waste recycling and disposal.
- Practical issues involved with starting and managing an e-waste program.