Field Group - Student Information

Information for Students

The Field Group often has opportunities available for students interested in gaining field industrial hygiene experience.  Please contact Dr. Marty Cohen if you are interested in joining us during a consultation. Below are examples of current opportunities:

Hazard Assessments
  • Air Contaminants:

Examples of air contaminant exposures that we commonly encounter are organic vapors, metal fumes, respirable silica, isocyanates, wood dust, and carbon monoxide. Aside from these common contaminants we also specialize in evaluating rarer occupational exposures, such as, pesticides and obscure volatile organic compounds. Our collaboration with the EH Laboratory gives us tremendous capability in evaluating unknowns, as well as, contaminants that do not have a standard analytical method.

  • Physical Hazards

Our most common hazard that we evaluate is noise. However, we also assess vibration exposures, machine related hazards, and general safety.

  • Ergonomics/Human Factors
  • Lighting
  • Material Handling
  • Workstation Design
  • Biological Monitoring

The Field Group participates with department faculity in the evaluation of exposures via biological monitoring. Most recently we participated with Dr. Noah Seixas in evaluated manganese exposure in welders utilizing urine, blood, and hair samples.


Internships

Internships provide students with an opportunity to gain applied field experience before graduation and practice their new profession.  The FRCG is responsible for assisting interested exposure sciences students in the DEOHS in obtaining internships at local companies and agencies.  These internships typically occur in the summer between the first and second year of the Masters degree program, although some opportunities may be available for internships during other times of the year.  With few exceptions, internships are paying jobs.  Potential employers often offer internships as a means to evaluate students for permanent positions following graduation.  Past students have participated in internships:

  • Boeing Commercial Aircraft Group
  • City of Seattle
  • City of Tacoma
  • Intel Corporation
  • Metro-King County
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • WA Dept. of Labor and Industries

Students interested in an internship and companies offering intern positions should contact Janice Camp, either via email or by calling 206 616-3039. The list of partnering businesses and industries is always evolving.

Coursework

The Field Group is involved in several industrial hygiene and safety courses offered by the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences:

  • ENVH 559 Applied Industrial Hygiene - Application of occupational safety and health principles through a combination of field investigations and classroom discussions. A team of graduate students conducts an evaluation of health and safety issues at a local manufacturing firm.  The team conducts walkthrough inspections, performs exposure assessments, reviews current health and safety programs, and develops recommendations and control strategies to eliminate or reduce identified hazards.  A technical report is issued to the participating company, and a presentation of results and recommendations is made to the company's management.  Industries that have been assessed recently include construction, brewing, and sign-making.
  • ENVH 564 Recognition of Health and Safety Problems in Industry - Develops skills in occupational health and safety hazard recognition in a variety of important northwest industries. Focuses on process understanding and hazard recognition skills during walk-through inspections of several local facilities, stressing a multidisciplinary approach.
  • ENVH 584 Occupational Health and Safety: Policy and Politics - Designed to provide a better understanding of the historical, political, and policy issues in occupational health and safety through selected readings and discussion with experts in the field. Particular emphasis on the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Students present testimony in a mock congressional hearing on a health and safety issue.