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Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health




The ERC co-hosted a joint conference with the Maryland Department of Health on "Opioids in the Maryland Workplace: Challenges and Solutions". The conference was inaugurated by Dean Ellen Mackenzie of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The conference brought together Maryland business representatives, the legal community, public health experts, academia, and union representatives to discuss emerging trends and innovations in dealing with opioids in Maryland workplaces. The report resulting from the conference includes a number of significant recommendations to improve the management of opioids in Maryland workplaces. 

The full report is available here for download


Dr. Christopher Heaney was invited to deliver a keynote lecture at the April 11, 2019 North Carolina Breathe annual conference in Wilmington, North Carolina. He presented findings from his occupational epidemiologic studies with North Carolina industrial hog operation workers regarding the exposure to and infection with livestock-associated antimicrobial resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Dr. Heaney also provided written testimony to the Baltimore City Council and Mayor’s Office to summarize what is known about the environmental and occupational health effects of crude oil extraction, transport, and storage. This testimony informed the Baltimore City Council’s passage of a permanent ban on the siting of any new crude oil terminals within Baltimore City.

Please join us in welcoming our new ERC Director:

Gurumurthy "Ram" Ramachandran, PhD


Gurumurthy "Ram" Ramachandran, PhD has conducted research in various areas relating to human exposure assessment in occupational and non-occupational settings. His research has included the development of robust occupational exposure assessment strategies for a variety of airborne contaminants. He has pioneered the use of novel Bayesian statistical methods that synthesize exposure models, monitoring data, and probabilistic expert judgment. He has been at the forefront of research in occupational hygiene decision-making, and developing mathematical methods for exposure modeling and analyzing occupational measurements. Additional areas of expertise include developing exposure assessment methods for nano-particles and the use of expert judgment in risk assessment for nano-materials, and nanotechnology policy in the areas of occupational health and nano-medicine.

He has served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). He is also serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, and Journal of Occupational Safety and Health. He has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina.


International Scientific Committee Chair Gurumurthy "Ram" Ramachandran, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University, recently discussed the upcoming IOHA conference being held for the first time in the U.S. (Washington, D.C.) on September 24-26, 2018. This conference is an opportunity to meet IH professionals from around the world and develop relationships with over 50 national associations.

Ram was surprised and honored for being selected as the chair of the conference last year​ and thrilled that it comprised of team of researchers and IH practitioners that span the globe. He emphasized that the conference will not compromise on quality and that it be global and not centered around North America.

Click here to read the full article.


Congratulations to our Continuing Education Program Director Mary Doyle for being named a member of the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors!!

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors is a federal advisory committee assembled to provide independent advice and guidance to the Director of NIOSH. The primary activity of the Committee is to provide advice on NIOSH’s occupational safety and health research and prevention programs. The BSC also provides advice on standards of scientific excellence, current needs in the field of occupational safety and health, and the applicability and dissemination of research findings. This advice may take the form of reports or verbal communications to the Director during BSC meetings.

The NIOSH BSC is made up of 15 experts in occupational safety and health, such as occupational medicine, occupational nursing, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and health engineering, toxicology, chemistry, safety and health education, ergonomics, epidemiology, biostatistics, and psychology. Among the members, four may be representatives of industry or labor who are knowledgeable in occupational safety and health research. Members serve for overlapping terms up to 4 years.

Mary will serve her term beginning immediately and end in December 2021.

So You Want to be an Occupational Health Nurse?


A message from Mary Doyle, Director of Continuing Education for the Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health.

Click here for some tips and pointers on how to make it happen.

Walk with Me

Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine | Special Issue

stfMultiple sclerosis kept her in a scooter for 20 years, but Dr. Sheila Fitzgerald now walks on her own - with a little technological help.

Click here to read the article online in the Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine. Also you can watch the video.

National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce 


To respond to growing concern and debate over the supply and demand for occupational safety and health professionals in the United States, NIOSH commissioned a National Survey of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce, released in October, 2011. The current surveys were designed and implemented by an independent research firm with expertise in survey research design. The effort was guided by a multidisciplinary advisory task force of occupational safety and health professionals and practitioners. Public comment and input from major stakeholder groups were included in the program development. This is the second assessment of the kind to be conducted by NIOSH. The first NIOSH assessment and report were undertaken in 1978.

Please take a moment to go the website.