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UHCL launches free webinars to improve workplace safety awareness during pandemic

Jessica Yang


University of Houston-Clear Lake aims to improve awareness of workplace safety issues pertaining to the pandemic by hosting a series of four webinars. Taking place from May 21 until June 11, the webinars — funded by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — are free for the public.

Health and safety experts from UHCL will educate employers and employees alike about how to protect themselves, their customers and their families from Covid-19. The presentation will be led by Associate Professor of Occupational Health and Safety Robert N. Phalen from UHCL’s College of Engineering.

“Pandemics, epidemics and outbreaks are not once-in-a-lifetime events. Ebola happened just a few years ago and influenza is a very serious condition that we deal with every year. Viruses are mysterious, but since our treatments are better now, the outcome is often better,” said Phalen.

“The more educated we are, the more public-health minded we’ll become. Americans typically have a strong resistance to anything that restricts our freedoms. But it’s like seat belts; remember how hard it was to get everyone to buckle up? Education and information led to acceptance and compliance,” added Phalen.

“Our goal is to be the resource for employers and the community,” he explained. “The university is funded by tax dollars and is a service to the community. Projects like this are a key element of why we’re here.” 

This webinar will also be attended by Professor of Occupational Safety and Health Magdy Akladios, and Daysha O’Pry, a board-certified industrial hygienist and safety professional at Shell Oil Company in Deer Park.

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