Hop harvest and processing safety webinar

Learn how to keep your lungs healthy while growing and processing hops by attending a webinar Jan. 13, 2015.

Join us Jan. 13, 2015, at 1 p.m. for a webinar on “Your Lungs, Your Life: Respiratory disease in hop growing and processing” with Carolyn Whitaker and Dave Bonauto from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program. In this one-hour webinar you will learn how to keep your lungs healthy while growing and processing hops. We will cover what to watch for, when to see a doctor, hop jobs associated with respiratory disease, and what you can do to protect yourself and employees. The webinar will be recorded for later viewing too.

The SHARP Program is an occupational health research group interested in preventing workplace injuries and disease. Carolyn Reeb-Whitaker (MS, CIH) has worked at SHARP as a certified industrial hygienist for the past 13 years. She administers Washington’s work-related asthma surveillance program and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Washington. David Bonauto (MD, MPH) is the research director at SHARP where he has worked as an occupational medicine physician for the past 14 years. He earned his Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1993. His research interests include occupational surveillance, chemical related illness, injury epidemiology, and work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

No registration is required and the program is free. Simply click the following link five minutes before the webinar is scheduled to begin https://connect.msu.edu/erinlizotte. Please sign in as a guest using your first name and state of residence. You will need a computer with Internet access and speakers. Don’t worry if you aren’t available on Jan. 13, we will record the webinar and make it available at Michigan State University Extension’s Growing Hops in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region website.

Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by calling Erin Lizotte at 231-944-6504, requests will be met when possible.

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