Dr. Michael Holland and Dr. John Kind are giving two presentations at the 2013 American Occupational Health Conference presented by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Michael Holland, MD, FAACT, FACOEM, FACMT, FACEP is a senior medical toxicologist with CTEH with over 30 years of experience in occupational medicine. He also serves as Director of Occupational Medicine at the Glens Falls Hospital Center for Occupational Health, and Clinical Associate Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University. John Kind, PhD, CIH is the Director of Toxicology with CTEH, his areas of focus include exposure assessment, dose reconstruction, industrial hygiene and disease causation.
On Tuesday, April 30, 2013, Session 309, titled “The Gulf Oil Spill: Worker and Community Health Update,” this session will discuss the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the large effort to characterize airborne exposures and protect response workers and community members. Dr. Holland and Kind will also give a summary of the scientific literature that has been published related to health effects form the MC-252 spill. Dr. Kind, a CTEH, toxicologist on site during the spill, will address the monitoring programs and past monitoring results. Dr. Michael Holland will serve as moderator and discuss research findings related to the spill.
Following the session above, both Kind and Holland will also present Session 310, titled “The Toxicology of Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas Extraction.” Dr. Kind will cover the hydraulic fracturing (aka hydrofracking or fracking) process and the most common chemical and physical agents used in the process, as well as the environmental and community concerns related to the hydraulic fracturing process. Dr. Holland will discuss is the toxicology of the commonly used agents and their potential or known health impacts on workers, the community, and their effects on local ecosystems.
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine represents over 4,500 physicians and health care professionals. Find our more here.