PUBLIC HEALTH AND COMMUNITY MEDICINE - UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AUTUMN,
to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual
endeavor, or to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with
which one is not immediately connected
Department of Environmental Health collaborates with partners as
distant as the World Health Organization and as near as retailer
Eddie Bauer. This issue of Environmental Health News describes several
of the departments collaborations that seek to improve international
childrens health, workplace and agricultural safety, and continuing
education for Washington states medical community. These collaborations
benefit both partners, and help the department achieve our educational
and outreach missions. They also ensure that our research finds
practical applications throughout our state, our region, and beyond.
on Children's Health
in an African village
- Photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
2000, more than 4.7 million children under the age of 5 died from
illnesses aggravated by unhealthy environments, according to the
World Health Organization (WHO). Every 2 hours as many children
die as the total toll of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
IS THE OUTRAGE?
is the outrage? asks Elaine Faustman, professor of Environmental
Health and director of the departments Center for Child Environmental
Health Risks Research, also called the Child Health Center or CHC.
She is working in a number of international forums to address preventable
problems that cut across borders, but fall most heavily on children
and the poor.
helped draft the WHO statement that came out of a March 2002 Bangkok
summit on children. This emphasis on childrens health was
reinforced this summer with a statement from a Johannesburg summit.
Together these initiatives have heralded WHOs new childrens
action plan called Healthy Places, Happy Faces.
first step (see page 3) has been to collect existing information
and knowledge developed by research groups such as the CHC.
Groundbreaking work has also been done in less-developed countries,
Faustman said, particularly a longitudinal study of children for
ten years in South Africa called Mandelas Kids.
This effort, supported by former South African President Nelson
Mandela, included policy changes, education, and research into topics
such as nutrition, violence, and social structure in the newly refocused
South African government. This was a successful yet low budget
studywe could learn from this approach, Faustman said.
second step is focused research, involving coalitions and
collaborations among academic institutions, international partners,
nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), religious groups, womens
groups, governmental organizations, and the private sector. Faustman
has been involved in a number of collaborations over the past two
decades. These include relationships between Faustmans Institute
for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication (IRARC), housed in the
Department of Environmental Health, and several Washington tribal
groups, Puget Sound community groups, eastern Washington farming
communities, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the
Washington state Department of Health.
WHO plan emphasizes clear policies. The European Union has
been a driving force behind increased risk assessment and testing
internationally. In the US, the EPA has put a high priority on risk
assessment, Faustman said. The EPA helps fund the CHC at the University
WHO plan fosters action for healthy environments for children.
Faustman has been a leader in international efforts to harmonize
approaches to the assessment of risk from exposure to chemicals.
The International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) has based
its harmonization project partly on the Bradford-Hill criteria for
causality that Faustman modified for developmental
toxicity. These criteria provide an epidemiological framework for
evaluating causes of disease and they reveal why its important
that our programs are part of the UW School of Public Health and
Community Medicine, Faustman said. Its essential for
us to develop collaborations with epidemiologists.
than 4.7 million
children under the
age of 5 died from
WHO plan calls for action through the health and other sectors,
such as environment, energy, water, housing, education, agriculture,
transport, and finance. Locally, the CHC fosters collaborations
between researchers from various departments and disciplines who
work together to reduce the effects of environmental pesticide exposure
in children. Two major topics of study are assessment of factors
that define childrens susceptibility to pesticides and evaluation
of environmental exposures and their effects on childrens
growth and development.
CHC, in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety
and Health Center, incorporates scientific findings on pesticide
toxicity and exposure into risk assessment models developed at IRARC.
This helps ensure that the models are protective of childrens
endpoint for the WHO model is healthy places, happy faces.
Lets ensure that these laudable goals are reached through
quick, decisive, collaborative actions with a war for childrens
health, Faustman said.
addition to directly working on global childrens health issues,
Dr. Faustman is active in increasing educational opportunities for
young scientists from all over the world. She was one
of the initial participants in the Risk Assessment Summer School
(RASS), a collaborative program sponsored every two years by the
International Union of Toxicology. She attended the first summer
school in 1983 in Menstrup Kro, Denmark, and has been a faculty
member at the past three RASSs, the only student to come back as
a faculty member. Her first session led to a six-year collaboration
with a woman scientist from Italy.
past summer, Faustman traveled to Malta with recent graduate Nancy
Judd, who has developed her own collaboration with a researcher
from Switzerland. RASS is the most engaging course Ive
ever participated in, said Judd. The faculty, the students,
and the structure of the course all facilitate an incredible learning
experience. PhD graduates Tom Lewandowski and Dolo Diaz have
also participated in this program.
for Child Environmental Health Risks Research
Children in the New Millennium: Environmental Impact on Health
Organization, Healthy Environments for Children: An Alliance to
Shape the Future of Life
adapted from WHO report
Becomes a Classroom
supervisor Michelle Salazar (at left) consults with DEH graduate
students Anca Bejan and Wayne Turnberg.
Photo by Peter Johnson
Eddie Bauer sales floor became a classroom last quarter for graduate
students in Environmental Health 559, a graduate course in Applied
Industrial Hygiene, Safety, and Ergonomics. Two teams of graduate
students helped the retail chain improve its safety environment.
courses purpose was to apply occupational safety and health
principles in consultation with
a local company. Goals were to identify workplace exposures; determine
assemble, analyze, and interpret data and observations; identify
regulatory issues, recommend exposure controls; and write and present
a technical report.
worked with Eddie Bauer management in Bellevue on two projects:
consulting on material handling in a retail store and ergonomic
issues at the corporate office. Both teams helped the company prepare
for implementation of the Washington state ergonomics rule.
Along the way, the students learned how to review company accident
prevention plans, interpret state regulations, manage a project
budget, and present findings to company management and its safety
A WIN-WIN SITUATION
Rick Gleason and Kate Stewart, two part-time instructors who also
work as health and safety consultants in the region, joined faculty
members Janice Camp and Peter Johnson. Together they taught technical
skills, and also the fine art of consulting, such as how to ask
the right questions to identify problem areas and how to present
their findings to a client in a clear and concise manner.
The collaboration was a win-win situation, Johnson said.
Students benefit from the real-world project and the company
benefits by having freshly educated minds tackle problems the company
might not otherwise have the resources for.
They got out a microscope, went over work stations, and gave
us a nice 40-page booklet with a reference section, readings, and
workbooks, said Mark Anderson, manager of asset protection
and loss control at Eddie Bauer. This will be an excellent
document for us to use going forward with our internal program.
Like other businesses in Washington, Eddie Bauer needs to evaluate
its operations to see if any tasks have musculoskeletal risks that
would classify them as a caution zone job under the
Washington state ergonomics rule. None were found, but the students
identified some tasks where lifting methods could be improved to
reduce the risk of injury.
The student consultants also conducted a safety evaluation and found
overall standards to be very good. However, because
in a stockroom every square inch of potential storage space is used,
they were concerned about access to items stored on the higher shelves.
They analyzed space efficiency and product placement, and proposed
a layout to improve product flow and use of space. They also suggested
that the store install the type of movable ladder that is found
in bookstores and libraries so workers wouldnt need to lift,
move, or climb up stepladders.
The stone flooring that gives Eddie Bauer stores their characteristic
outdoor look can potentially create problems for workers. The students
suggested installing anti-fatigue mats behind the cash registers
and equipping carts and portable clothes racks with larger wheels
so they would push more easily on the uneven floors.
Anderson said Eddie Bauer will share the students findings
with its store managers and with the real estate people who design
fixtures for new and remodeled stores.
The Eddie Bauer people seemed pleased that we offered a fresh
view of their operations, said Anca Bejan, a masters
student who analyzed operations at the firms Bellevue Square
The Eddie Bauer health and safety management team was particularly
helpful in providing a supportive atmosphere for student learning,
said instructor Camp.
Store employees were cooperative and receptive, even when the retail
pace was fast and furious, said Wayne Turnberg, a PhD student. He
observed a set change, when a sales floor is rearranged
with new modules, mannequins, and shelves. The change happened at
5 a.m. on a Sunday, before the store opened for the day. The students
report praised the set change teams spirit and preparation,
but suggested some efficiency improvements.
Students researched the companys worker compensation claims
history, and developed recommendations tailored to actual conditions.
Data showed problems with material handling, or keeping the
folks safe who move our stock around, Anderson said. He was
pleased that the results were concrete enough that they will change
the way the fixtures are designed in Eddie Bauer stores. We
were looking for things we can financially afford to do, that we
can apply to 431 stores.
The company and its workers may eventually benefit by reducing workers
compensation claims, injuries, and illnesses, Gleason said.
This real-world experience cant be equaled in the classroom,
Stewart said. Having the opportunity to discover real ergonomic,
safety, and health problems and the people who face the daily challenges
of solving them is invaluable. Students experienced both the challenges
and the feelings of pleasure in helping solve such problems.
Center: Cultivating Collaborations
What do you get when you put together investigators from four universities,
two state agencies, and labor and management?
A: Synergyas shared experiences develop into interventions
to reduce farmworkers pesticide exposure and illness.
one hundred participants discovered their common ground at a September
conference in Coeur dAlene, Idaho. The conference, Cultivating
Collaborations: Health and Safety in Western Agriculture, was
sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health
Center (PNASH) and the University of California Agricultural Health
and Safety Center at Davis.
Participants learned about research going on in other states or
organizations, and laid the groundwork for future collaborative
Here are some project ideas that were presented and are currently
Using Washington state workers compensation data for agricultural
a unified exposure assessment of the risks of musculoskeletal
disorders in the most labor-intensive farm work
Creating a Web site to share new technologies and tools for conducting
agricultural field studies
Assessing the literacy level of farmworkers
Identifying language resources that will aid education and prevention
activities with farmworkers
Developing training programs for farmworkers and physicians on
pesticide signs and symptoms
Making a video documentary of a communitys efforts to reduce
their pesticide exposure.
of voices were heard. The opening session included Malcolm Butler,
medical director of Columbia Valley Community Health; Lupe Gamboa,
regional director of the United Farm Workers Union for Washington
and Oregon; and farm owners Brad and Karyl Baugh. Each presented
a story that placed our research into perspectiveshowing us
farmers and farmworkers who are achievers but face challenges of
isolation, language barriers, and financial hardships said
a conference participant.
discussions ranged from educational programs and risk communication
to respiratory disease and engineering solutions. The panels met
by e-mail and phone before the conference to develop their project
ideas. PNASH director Richard Fenske called the collaborations,
particularly the one with the UC Davis Agricultural Center, the
major goals of this conference and those that we
were able to meet with great success.
Keifer of PNASH said, The oppor-tunity to exchange points
of view with folks from Oregon, California and Washington state
was both reinforcingto see they face some of the same difficultiesand
informative by giving us insight into some of the barriers that
interfere with collaboration. The information we have now will help
us overcome those barriers. Im optimistic.
PNASH Center intends to encourage the development of these new project
ideas by offering funds for joint projects through a competitive
request for proposals.
UW will continue to cohost this annual conference with its partner
at UC Davis. They have begun planning next years conference
in San Francisco, Sept. 89, 2003.
Harrington contributed to this story
Our Role in a New Rule
Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH)
is working with farm owners, farmworkers, and the state Department
of Labor and Industries (L&I) to shape new rules for monitoring
Washington state Supreme Court has ordered L&I to initiate a
rule for mandatory testing of agricultural workers who handle high-toxicity
organophosphate (OP) or carbamate insecticides. The proposed monitoring
system would periodically test cholinesterase of pesticide handlers.
Cholinesterase is an enzyme needed for the proper functioning of
the nervous system. Workers with low levels can be identified and
reassigned to prevent further exposures to pesticides until their
cholinesterase level rises to normal.
February, the Court ruled on a lawsuit filed against L&I on
behalf of Juan Rios, Juan Farias, and all agricultural pesticide
handlers and farmworkers who mix, load, and apply pesticides. The
Court found that L&I had violated the Washington Industrial
Safety & Health Act of 1973 (WISHA) by denying the farmworkers
request for rulemaking on a mandatory cholinesterase monitoring
Physicians Patricia Boiko and Matt Keifer of PNASH serve on an L&I
advisory group that includes labor advocacy groups, grower representatives,
and governmental agencies.
and Matt bring us information based on a sound scientific approach,
said Gail Hughes, manager of L&Is Standards and Information
Program. It has been extremely useful to have them on the
committee, she said.
helped design a program, for example, to follow up with migrant
workers who may have moved on after the initial testing. Keifer
is providing technical advice on costs, benefits, and scientific
integrity, and Boiko is involved with employer and employee education.
She also serves as liaison to physicians as chair of the Washington
Academy of Family Physicians Public Health and Scientific
many physicians are well versed in the acute toxicity of insecticides,
she said, they might not have been trained in prevention strategies
or record-keeping needs. The PNASH center envisions offering continuing
education to rural health providers, perhaps using online courses.
Gempler, executive director of the Washington Growers League, said
employers want an effective system with a good cost/benefit analysis,
scientific integrity of the testing (both in the field and in the
lab), and employer and employee education.
Washington adopts this rule, it will be the second state, after
California, to adopt mandatory testing. L&I wants to learn from
Californias experience. For example, California only recently
standardized its laboratory testing and Washington has the opportunity
to standardize from the beginning. Standardization allows a test
in one lab to be followed-up in another, which is important in agriculture,
where workers frequently change employers. Keifer is interested
in seeing a centralized authority set up to monitor laboratories
and ensure the validity and reliability of their testing.
Harrington contributed to this story
The department played a major role at Augusts
joint meeting of the International Society of Exposure Analysis
(ISEA) and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
(ISEE), held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
John Kissel welcomed participants as
the 2002-2003 president of ISEA. Sally Liu
sits on the Societys board of councilors.
Fenske, Alex Lu, Thomas Moate, Cynthia Curl, John Kissel.
Biological monitoring of childrens pesticide exposure: A
review of recent studies in Washington state
Lewtas, Steven Myers, Naydene Maykut, Chris
Simpson, David Kalman, Sally Liu, Tim Larson. Attribution
of particle exposure and risk to combustion source emissions based
on personal PAH exposure and urinary metabolites
Lu, Rich Fenske. A novel approach of pharmacokinetically
based organophosphorous pesticide dose estimates using salivary
Lu, Rich Fenske, John Kissel, Golan Kedan. Dose estimates
for organophosphorus pesticides exposures based on biological
measurements for children living in agricultural and non-agricultural
Mar, William Wilson. Attenuation of statistical relationships
from PM community time-series epidemiology due to use of combined,
rather than separate, indicators of exposure and mortality
Sheppard, Chris Slaughter. Exposures in ecologic time series
studies: Impact on health effect estimates
Simpson, Russell Dills, Michael Paulsen, Sally Liu, Dave Kalman.
Use of methoxyphenols in biological and environmental monitoring
of woodsmoke exposure
Simpson, Timothy Gould, Nicky Josephs, Tim Larson, Candis
Claiborn, Dave Kalman, Sally Liu.
Exposure assessment of forest fire smoke in susceptible adults,
using urinary biomarkers and real-time air monitoring data
Wong, Julia Gohlke, S. Farrow, Elaine Faustman. Examination
of childrens health toxicity data with application to analysis
of environmental health policy
Allen, Tim Larson, Lance Wallace, Sally
Liu. The use of light scattering data to estimate the contribution
of indoor-and outdoor-generated particles to indoor and personal
Claiborn, Yanbo Pang, Dennis Finn, Lara Gundel, Tim Larson, Sally
Liu. The fine particulate organic carbon measurement artifact
and its implications for exposure assessment
Curl, Rich Fenske, Kai Elgethun, Alex Lu. Organophosphorus
pesticide exposure to urban and suburban pre-school children with
organic and conventional diets
Curl, Rich Fenske, Kai Elgethun, Alex Lu. Organophosphorous
pesticide exposure to urban and suburban pre-school children
Elgethun, Sarah Weppner, Alex Lu, Richard Fenske, John Kissel,
Mike Yost. Integration of GPS/GIS and heart rate monitoring
in a sampling plan to characterize childrens exposure to
pesticide spray drift
Firestone, Gary Franklin, W. T. Longstreth, Jr., Terri
P. D. Swanson, Harvey Checkoway.
Residential Pesticide Exposures and Risk of Parkinsons Disease
Griffith, Cynthia Curl, Rich Fenske, Elaine Faustman. Statistical
methods for evaluating samples below detection limits
Judd, Bill Griffith, Tim Takaro, Elaine Faustman. Comparing
optimized biomarkers and exposure control measures to reduce disease
in beryllium exposed workers.
Kissel, Rene Showlund, Jeff Shirai, Gerald van Belle, J.
Suggs, E. Cohen Hubal. Investigation of transfer of fluorescent
tracers from surfaces to skin
Kissel, A. L. Bunge. Dermal absorption from environmental
matrices: Fundamental concepts revisited
Kissel, Cynthia Curl, Golan Kedan, Alex Lu, Rich Fenske.
Comparison of OP metabolite levels in single and multiple daily
Larson, Sally Liu, Ryan Allen, Joellen
Lewtas, Lance Wallace. Indoor-outdoor -personal relationships
of selected fine particle trace elements in Seattle, WA
Lewandowski, Julie Hoeft, Scott Bartell, Eva Wong, William Griffith,
Elaine Faustman. Biomarkers for childs health: Developing
biologically based risk assessment models for linking exposure
and health effects.
Liu, Dave Kalman, Joel Kaufman, Jane Koenig, Tim Larson,
Lianne Sheppard, Joellen Lewtas,
Wallace. Characterization of particulate matter and co-pollutants
exposures for compromised and healthy elderly adults in Seattle,
Lumley, Jon Schildcrout, Sally Liu, Lianne
Sheppard, Tim Larson. Spatial and temporal variation in
fine particulate concentrations in Seattle
J. E. Quintana, R. J. Delfino, A. Rihal, Sally
Liu. Use of personal motion, light, and temperature loggers
to verify continuous wearing of personal exposure meters
Sheppard. Air Pollution Study Designs: Linking Exposures
Sullivan, N. Ishikawa, Carol Trenga, Sally
Liu, Jane Koenig, W. Chandler, Joel
Kaufman. Effect of fine PM on measures of inflammation
and thrombosis in an elderly population
Takaro, K. Ertell, K. Omri, Elaine Faustman. Beryllium
exposures at a nuclear weapons production facility: Applying the
sentinel case approach to improve exposure assessment
Trenga, Chris Slaughter, B. Goldman, M. Budge, J. Sullivan,
Joel Kaufman, Lianne Sheppard, Sally Liu,
G. G. Shapiro, Jane Koenig. Effect
of fine particulate (PM2.5) air pollution exposure on pulmonary
function in pediatric subjects with asthma
Weppner, Jeff Shirai, John Kissel. Farm exposures to deposited
arsenic and lead on Vashon/Maury Island, WA
Wilson, Therese Mar, Allan Marcus.
Would you believe a 20% excess risk of cardiovascular mortality
for a 10mg/m3 increase in fine PM (for people 65-99 years old
in Phoenix, AZ 1995-1997)? If so, what is special about Phoenix?
If not, find the error!
confirm this schedule or find more information about these courses,
call 206-543-1069 or visit the Continuing Education Web site at
Courses are in Seattle unless noted.
Center for Occupational Health & Safety
Jan 2124 Annual Hazardous Waste Refreshers
Feb 13 Puget Sound Occupational and Environmental Medicine Grand
Feb 20 Inhalation Toxicology and Environmental Challenges
Feb 26 New Developments in Farm Health and Safety
Feb 28 Disaster Management: Planning, Response, and Recovery
Mar 11 Mold: The Next Asbestos?
Mar 13 Puget Sound Occupational and Environmental Medicine Grand
Mar 2526 Clear Writing for Safety and Health Professionals
Training Institute Educational Center
Not for OSHA rules only! All classes offer training that meets
WISHA, OR-OSHA, and Alaska state standards.
Jan 1316 OSHA 600: Collateral Duty for Other Federal Agencies
Jan 2831 OSHA 311: Fall Arrest Systems
Feb 47 OSHA 521: OSHA Guide to Industrial Hygiene
Feb 1013 OSHA 501: OSHA Trainer Course for General Industry
Feb 1013 OSHA 204A: Machinery & Machine Guarding Standards
Feb 1921 OSHA 225: Principles of Ergonomics (Portland)
Feb 2528 OSHA 301: Excavation, Trenching, & Soil Mechanics
Mar 1113 OSHA 502: Construction Industry Trainer Update
Mar 1114 OSHA 201A: Hazardous Materials (Portland)
Mar 1720 OSHA 204A: Machine Guarding
Mar 1821 OSHA 510: OSHA Standards for Construction (Boise)
Mar 2527 OSHA 503: General Industry Trainer Update
Mar 31Apr 3 OSHA 500: Trainer Course for Construction Industry
People & Places
Atallah received the Ethnic Heritage Councils 2002
Spirit of Liberty Award at the July 4 naturalization ceremony at
Seattle Center. The award is presented annually to a naturalized
citizen who has made a significant contribution to the community
while successfully maintaining his or her culture and heritage.
has been appointed to the Board of Scientific Councilors of the
NIEHS National Toxicology Program. He also chairs the Workers
Family Protection Task Force, established by Congress to prioritize
an agenda for federally sponsored research on take-home exposures
to workers families.
cover story in the July/August issue of the AIHA Journal
is by current and former departmental researchers: Gerry
Croteau, Mary Ellen Flanagan, Noah Seixas, and
Steven Guffey. Rick Neitzels
photograph of a timber worker is on the cover of the September/October
issue. His article is about vibration and noise exposures in the
consortium won a first-place environmental award from the European
Union for its investigation of carbon dioxide as a replacement of
perchloroethylene in the dry-cleaning of textiles.
Elgethun, Sarah Weppner,
and Dr. Vince Herbert from Washington State University went to eastern
Washington to present preliminary aerial deposition study results
to participating farm operators. Weppner presented pesticide exposure
study results at a Natural Care seminar on Bainbridge Island.
students Fabiola Estrada and NaTasha
Johnson were awarded $800 scholarships from the Pacific Northwest
Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association at the recent
Northwest Occupational Health Conference.
traveled to Chonburi, Thailand, in October to discuss a collaborative
project between UW and Burapha University on pesticide exposure
in Thai farmers. Kathy Hall, Scott MacKay,
Sharon Morris, and Julie Schmitz
traveled to Costa Rica in November to help the Central American
Institute for Study on Toxic Substance (IRET) establish a continuing
education program and Web site. Both trips were sponsored through
the Fogarty International Scholars program.
from Costa Rica visited the Environmental Health Laboratory in September
under the Fogarty Program. Raja Atallah
taught her the operation of the atomic absorption spectrophotometer
and Lee Monteith instructed her in
the NIOSH method for sampling and evaluating airborne asbestos.
presented a guest editorial in the May issue of Environmental Health
Perspectives, Incorporating Health and Ecologic Costs into
Agricultural Production. The same issue included research
by the Fenske laboratory on childrens total exposure to organophosphate
pesticides. The August issue published an article on a longitudinal
biological monitoring of childrens pesticide exposures by
Denise Koch (formerly of the Fenske
lab) and Alex Lu. Lu was quoted in
the September issue about the use of agrochemicals in Chinas
presented a paper on Internet survey design at the 2002 Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Professional
Communication Conference in Portland in September.
a PhD student in toxicology, presented a paper on DNA sequencing
and Parkinsons disease at the Tenth International Amine Oxidase
Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey, in August. Co-authors were Paola
Costa-Mallen, Hannah Viernes, Sengkeo Srinouanprachanh, Fred Farin,
Lucio Costa, and Harvey Checkoway.
spoke on Internet resources at the Puget Sound Construction Safety
Summit in June. He also spoke on construction safety and health
hazards at the Associated Builders and Contractors annual
meeting in June and was guest speaker at the Puget Sound Chapter
of the American Society of Safety Engineers monthly meeting in October,
discussing occupational injuries and illnesses.
was quoted in a Seattle Times June 17 story about an elementary
school ergonomics program. The cable news network CNN picked up
the story on June 28.
is collaborating with investigators at the University of Montana
on an NIEHS-funded project to identify susceptibility factors in
asbestos related disease among the population of Libby, MT. Libby
is a valley town with historic ambient air levels of asbestos well
above the occupational standard.
attended the National Environmental Health Associations annual
conference in Minneapolis in June and received the 2002 Past Presidents
Award for longstanding contributions to NEHA and to the environmental
departmental investigators presented at the Northwest Occupational
Health Conference in Pasco
in October: Mike Yost at the short
course on nonionizing radiation; affiliate faculty member Brad
Prezant on indoor mold and fungus; Lee
Monteith on diffusive passive samplers for organic vapors;
Rolf Hahne, with James Nason of the
Burke Museum, on pesticide contamination of Native American cultural
and religious artifacts; Matt Keifer
on cholinesterase testing in Washington state; Tim
Takaro on latent diseases among Hanford workers; and Joel
Kaufman on the health effects of diesel exhaust.
student Amanda Zych was quoted in front-page
stories about the West Nile virus in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
and Tacoma News-Tribune in July.
department is reaching out to the regions occupational health
professionals by sponsoring the Puget Sound Occupational and Environmental
Medicine Grand Rounds, together with the Northwest Association for
Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The dinner meetings are
held in various locations, generally on the second Thursday of the
Rounds are designed to:
Identify new developments in occupational and environmental medicine
practice, including application of new scientific discoveries
and evaluate best practices in occupational and environmental
trends in occupational and environmental medicine practice
an opportunity for the regions occupational and environmental
medicine practitioners to get together in a friendly environment.
series started in October with a lively discussion of the controversial
article, The Rise and Fall of Occupational Medicine,
by Joseph LaDou, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco.
The November topic was Asbestos, tobacco, and genes: Controversial
co-factors in lung cancer by Karl Kelsey, MD, MOH, of Harvard
December topic was Evolving best practices in occupational
medicine and the Pilot Center for Occupational Health and Education
with Gary Franklin, MD, MPH, medical director of the Washington
state Department of Labor & Industries and research professor
in the Department of Environmental Health, and Patricia Vincent,
CRC, director of the Center for Occupational Health and Education
at Valley Medical Center.
seminars are tentatively scheduled for February, March, April, and
June. For more information, call 206-543-1069 or visit https://osha.washington.edu/NWcenter/course/OMGR-02.html.
Medina (center) describes her Analytical Hygiene Lab in Costa
Rica to (l to r) Ineke Wesseling (National University of Costa
Rica), Julie Schmitz and Scott MacKay (DEH) - Photo by Kathy
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