Respiratory Health Webinar offered on Feb. 15

DATE:   February 15, 2012 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

SPEAKER:  John May, M.D., with Bassett Hospital and New York Center for Agriculture Medicine and Health

Our Extension partners, Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility are holding a webinar workshop on Respiratory Health. The agricultural workplace has long been associated with respiratory diseases.  Respiratory disease is among the main chronic health conditions affecting farmers, agricultural workers, greenhouse and nursery workers, veterinarians, and grain handling workers.  While significant exposure leading to acute disease have decreased, it is estimated that there has been a significant increase in sub-acute and chronic respiratory diseases associated with agricultural confinement facilities.

Exposures to organic dusts, molds, bacteria, and gases such as from the fermentation of manure and silage will lead to respiratory illnesses, often with overlapping clinical signs and symptoms.  Other respiratory hazards include inorganic dusts, pesticides, and other agricultural chemicals.

Don’t miss this informative webinar to learn more about respiratory hazards, respiratory protection and supporting farmers with respiratory illnesses. 

WEBINAR PRESENTER:

Dr. May is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  His training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease was at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY and at the University of Colorado Medical Center. For most of the past 30 years,

he has practiced pulmonary medicine at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY. Over this time he has worked increasingly on occupational health problems affecting people in agriculture. As Director of the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), Dr. May leads one of nine regional centers for agricultural safety and health designated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.   The Northeast Center has active projects in a number of northeastern and middle Atlantic states.  Through this work, Dr. May has acquired experience in a variety of approaches to public health intervention.  He also serves as director of the Bassett Research Institute.

REGISTRATION:

Please visit www.mid-atlanticagrability.com and follow the link to learn more about the webinar and complete the webinar registration form which is located in the news section of the home page.  You may also go directly to http://ag.udel.edu/rec/Staff/Jester/respiratoryhealthwebinar.html and register for the event.  The Webinar is free. Registration is limited so please register as soon as possible.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

The webinar will be conducted using Adobe Connect. High speed Internet is recommended.If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

Test your connection: http://ud-canr.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Registrants will receive a link to connect to the webinar by Feb. 10, 2012.

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