Event Details

Occupational Safety and Health Seminar on “Mortality of malignant and non-malignant respiratory diseases among workers with silicosis in Hong Kong”

Date: 28 June 2011 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Venue: Room 107-108, eTECH Centre, 412 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
Organizer(s): IOSH (HK)
Joint Organizer(s): Hong Kong Institute of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (HKIOEH)
Speaker: TSE Lap Ah Shelly, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Shelly TSE Lap Ah (謝立亞) is an Assistant Professor of the School of Public Health and Primary Care of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also the honorary Consultant of the Department of KCC FM&GOPC, editor of Hong Kong Medical Journal, advisor of the Center for Community Care, and the academic member of the Chinese Society of Occupational Epidemiology of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association. Recently, she has been newly admitted to the family of HKIOEH. Shelly received her Bachelor of Medicine from Shanghai Medical University and had worked at the Department of Neurology of Huashan Hospital for 5 years. Shelly obtained her PhD degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003 and received professional training in Cancer Epidemiology and Occupational Environmental Health. Shelly received two best project awards for the Academic Year 2003/2004 (Silicosis and lung cancer: a 17-year cohort study) and 2006/2007 (Hearing loss evaluation: a 10-year follow-up study) by Occupational Safety & Health Council in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, she received WHO Awards for Chinese young professional in the mental health and neuroscience by the Committee of Funds of WHO in 07/1997. Shelly teaches community medicine for medical students and “Work and Health” for undergraduate students in Public Health. Her major research interests are related to asbestos and mesothelioma, ETS and lung cancer, silica/silicosis and cancer, COPD, screening test, and genetic epidemioology. She has more than 60 publications.
Language: English
Contact Person: Miss Kelly Chu
Contact Email: mailbox@ioshhongkong.com
Contact Tel: 3590 9105
CPD: Certificate will be issued to participants who have completed the entire duration of the seminar. Each participating member shall collect his/her attendance certificate (with pre-printed name but without the Institution’s stamp) during registration. Upon completion of the seminar, at 08:30pm or later, participants shall proceed to the reception counter for receiving a stamp on the certificate. Only certificates with the Institution’s stamp are considered as valid CPD certificates.
Content: The study of Shelly aimed to examine the relationships between silica/silicosis and mortality from malignant and non-malignant respiratory diseases (NMRD) in a large cohort of silicotic workers in Hong Kong. All workers with silicosis in Hong Kong diagnosed during the period 1981-1998 were followed up till the end of 1999 to ascertain their vital status and causes of death. Standardized mortality ratios (SMR) for lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), and other major causes of death were calculated. Axelson’s indirect method was used to adjust for smoking effect. Multiple Cox’s regression models were performed to examine the exposure-response relationship of silica dust with the mortality from lung cancer and NMRD including COPD. This study documented an exposure-response relationship between silica dust exposure and the risk of death from NMRD and/or COPD among silicotic workers except for the surface construction workers with low exposures. The risk of NMRD mortality increased significantly with the progression of ILO categories, independent of dust effects. However, the cohort study did not offer positive support to a link between silica or silicosis and lung cancer. In this seminar, Shelly will brief this research study and discuss the mortality of malignant and non-malignant respiratory diseases among workers with silicosis in Hong Kong, in order to bring out the importance of occupational safety and health to prevent silicosis-related death and disease.
Remarks: To prevent the spreading of Influenza infection, we request participants who have influenza-like symptoms, e.g. fever, cough and runny nose, should not attend the seminar. Alternatively, he/she should put on a face mask throughout his/her stay at the seminar Please provide us your contact information (phone number or email) at time of on-line registration. We will notify you as soon as possible should any case of Human H1N1 Influenza at the seminar be confirmed.

Registrations Details:

The online registration starts at 2011-06-15 and end at 2011-06-24. Please register during the above period.