Since 1956, the Field Research and Consultation Group has served the occupational safety and health needs of the state of Washington. Our services are provided without charge to businesses and labor groups in the state. Part of our funding comes from employers and workers in Washington State through their contributions to the Medical Aid and Accident Funds.
Our mission is fourfold:
- To provide industrial hygiene, safety, and ergonomic evaluation services.
- To conduct worksite-based research projects.
- To support DEOHS graduate and undergraduate student projects.
- To disseminate occupational health and safety information
The Field Research and Consultation Group (FRCG), part of the UW’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, serves the occupational safety and health needs of the State of Washington. Our services to workplaces are provided without charge to promote worker health and safety.
The FRCG has no regulatory authority. We provide on-site health and safety evaluations and strategies to reduce occupational hazards as well as learning experiences and research opportunities to UW students.
The DEOHS Field Services Laboratory was renovated and modernized in 2021 with a generous gift from Dr. Gilbert S. Omenn and his wife, Martha A. Darling. In addition to updating spaces for the existing field services, molecular toxicology, vivarium, cell culture and microbiology labs, the updates also included a new biosafety level 2 lab along with new trace metals, mass spectrometry and gas calibration labs. Dr. Omenn is former dean of the UW School of Public Health and former DEOHS chair.