Seminar: Everything you need to know about occupational sensitization

Whether you work in a lab, animal facility, workshop, museum — or even an office, you may come into contact with sensitizers at your workplace.

Sensitizers are chemical and biological agents that can trigger an allergic response following contact and damaged immune response with repeated exposure. Once sensitized, the process is irreversible and the individual will always experience an allergic reaction upon exposure to the trigger substance, even in trace quantities, often resulting in a permanent change of occupation.

UBC Safety & Risk Services has invited industry and academia experts to educate the community on why sensitization is an important workplace safety issue and how to protect yourself.

Event details:

  • Who: Students, faculty, staff, and visitors
  • When: Friday, March 10, 2023 from 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Online

If you are a UBC staff, faculty or student, please use your UBC email address to register for the seminar. If you are non-UBC attendee, please use your work or personal email address to register.
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Our speakers  

Sensitizing agents are the least well-understood exposures that health and safety professionals have to evaluate and control.  Once an employee becomes sensitized to something in the workplace, exposure control becomes a challenge to protect the health and wellbeing of the employee. Dr. Bartlett will discuss the “how” of sensitization, with some examples of why this is such an important workplace safety issue. 

About the speaker  

Dr. Bartlett is a Professor in the School of Population & Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Health Division.  She holds a Master degree in Occupational Hygiene and a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia.  She received post-doctoral training in inhalation toxicology at the University of Iowa, School of Public Health. She was a British Columbia Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar from 2002 – 2007, and was awarded a Killam graduate teaching prize in 2012.

About WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC is a provincial agency dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces across B.C. They partner with workers and employers to save lives and prevent work-related injury, disease, and disability.

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About Safety & Risk Services

UBC’s Occupational Hygienists within Safety & Risk Services work with the UBC community to provide workplace exposure assessments, training and assistance in developing ways to do your work safely.

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