Richard J. Gleason, MSPH

Senior Lecturer, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Mr. Gleason teaches ENV 460/560, Occupational Safety Management and ENVH 462/562, Technical Aspects of Industrial Safety. He currently is a lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the UW. He also assists in ENVH 559, Applied Industrial Hygiene and Safety.

Mr. Gleason worked for Federal OSHA and State WISHA as an inspector for thirteen years. He has been teaching at the University of Washington for the last 20 years. He currently assists the University of Washington OSHA Training center providing services to Region 10 comprising Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. 

Mr. Gleason also assists in third party liability cases as an expert witness in construction, general industry and maritime safety cases. After the cases are settled he uses the information (without the names of the establishments) as real world case histories in his courses.

Contact Information

Box: 354695
4225 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105-6099
Tel: 206-856-6660
Fax: 206-524-6646

Research Interests

  • Construction safety. OSHA/WISHA Training Institute. Occupational health and safety. Hazardous waste site cleanup. UW-OSHA Region X. Train-the-Trainer. Workers compensation claims reduction.
  • Construction safety and health. Health and safety education. Industrial hygiene. OSHA safety and health training. Workplace hazards.

Teaching interests

Worker Safety and Health, OSHA Training, Pacific Northwest Occupational Safety Issues, Maritime Safety, Construction Safety, Confined Space training, Continuing Education courses at the University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Mr. Gleason is the class coordinator for the following courses:
OSHA 226 Permit Required Confined Space Entry (20 hour course)
OSHA 500 Instructor Train-the-Trainerfor Construction Safety and Health (30 hour course)
OSHA 501 Instructor Train-the-Trainer for General Industry (30 hour course)
OSHA 510 Introduction to Construction (30 hour course)
OSHA 521 Industrial Hygiene (30 hour course)
OSHA 5400 Maritime Safety Train the Trainer Course (26 hour Course)


MSPH, Industrial Hygiene and Safety, University of Washington, 1980
BS, Occupational Safety and Health, Montana Tech, 1978
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