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Preventing illness and injuries in working populations; opioids; vulnerable worker populations; asbestos; construction and nail salons; climate change and heat
My career has been anchored by a mission to do research that could help protect workers and the environment. My Masters thesis on economic and policy issues related to protecting construction workers from lead exposure began an on-going effort to understand and influence policy related to worker protection. My doctoral work focused on synergistic protection of workers and the environment through toxics use reduction. Following a post-doc to expand my capacity to integrate occupational health and other areas of public health, I returned to UML to pursue funded research in occupational health and safety prevention science related to nail salons, immigrant and refugee workers, training strategies, construction, and, most recently, opioids and work injury.
Funded by the Alpha Foundation, this work is developing a tailored training module on opioid awareness for the required MSHA refresher safety training for the Massachusetts mining sector.Roelofs, C.