Agricultural health and safety

Sexual harassment in the fields
Blog entry | November 22, 2019
Female farmworkers experience workplace sexual harassment at rates that are two to three times higher than in other sectors, according to recent studies.
The lifelong health impacts of business as usual
Blog entry | November 14, 2019
Babies born today will face unprecedented health risks and life-long health consequences from rising temperatures, according to new research published Wednesday from The Lancet.
A voice for farmworkers
Blog entry | October 08, 2019
Maria Blancas, a UW PhD student and staff member in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), will receive the 2019 Bullitt Environmental Prize for her work with immigrant farmworkers in Washington.
When pesticides drift
Blog entry | July 10, 2019
Many Washington growers rely on pesticides to ensure a bountiful harvest in a state ranked as the top apple producer in the US. But pesticides sprayed from tractors onto crops can drift into neighboring farmland, risking crop damage and farmworkers' health.
Giving voice to vulnerable communities
Blog entry | April 16, 2019
Two undergraduate students in the University of Washington School of Public Health are being honored as part of this year’s Husky 100 based on their work with the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center at the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Science
When social justice meets science
Blog entry | March 25, 2019
Richard Fenske, PhD, MPH Associate Chair and Professor, UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Proudest achievement: The contributions his students have made to the field of environmental health. Joined DEOHS faculty: 1991
Can Roundup cause cancer?
Blog entry | February 14, 2019
Exposure to glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, increases the risk of a cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 41 percent, according to a new analysis from researchers in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).
Can Roundup cause cancer?
Blog entry | February 14, 2019
Exposure to glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, increases the risk of a cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 41 percent, according to a new analysis from researchers in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).
Bilingual app to keep farmworkers safe
Blog entry | February 06, 2019
Galvin’s team is seeking additional funding to continue app development. For more information, contact Kit Galvin: kgalvin@uw.edu
Nothing about us without us
Blog entry | September 20, 2018
There is a hidden cost to the fresh fruits and vegetables you buy at your local market.
Seeing is believing
Blog entry | July 12, 2018
Picture-perfect produce at your local market is the surest sign of summer in the Pacific Northwest.    Those berries, cherries and other fruits and vegetables arrive in stores Instagram-ready thanks in part to farm laborers who apply pesticides to agricultural crops throughout the year.  
Leader, innovator, tinkerer
Blog entry | May 22, 2017
  Editor's note: Professor Michael Yost joined the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) in 1993 and was named department chair in 2014. 
Marguerite Pappaioanou
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Marguerite Pappaioanou, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she contributes to the research, teaching, and outreach programs of the Center for One Health Research.
Chensheng (Alex) Lu
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Lesanna Lyn Lahner
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Lahner has been passionate about wildlife conservation since her childhood growing up in rural Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine with a dual degree, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Public Health (MPH). Dr.
Susan Kerr
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Kerr hails from rural upstate NY. She attended Cornell University, receiving a B.S. in Animal Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She entered private practice in a rural mixed animal practice. After 7 years, she matriculated at Kansas State University and received a PhD in Education. Dr.
John Garland
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
Providing forest engineering expertise to industry, governments, tribal enterprises, and litigants in areas of forest operations, safety and health, accident assessments, technical and business training and education, new technologies, and operational efficiency since 1974.
Matthew C. Keifer
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Keifer is a graduate of the University of Washington's Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency/Fellowship Program. He joined the faculty after serving as Project Epidemiologist for CARE in Nicaragua, where he participated in health surveillance and development activities related to pesticide exposures and health effects.
Richard A. Fenske
Faculty Member | October 04, 2019
Dr. Fenske's work has focused on the evaluation of environmental health risks in special populations, such as children, farm workers, and farm producers. Specialty areas include health risks of pesticide exposures, development of new exposure assessment methods, and investigation of the role of skin exposure for workers and children.
Michael G. Yost
Faculty Member | October 01, 2019
Dr. Michael Yost is Professor and Chair of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS). He is also the Director of the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center at DEOHS. A member of the DEOHS faculty since 1993, Dr. Yost was named department chair in August 2014. 
June T. Spector
Faculty Member | October 01, 2019
Dr. Spector is a physician-scientist with a focus on the prevention and management of adverse health outcomes related to heat exposure and other climate-related hazards in working populations. She is actively engaged in interdisciplinary research to evaluate health benefits of conservation interventions to inform progress toward sustainable development and climate goals.
Yona Sipos
Faculty Member | October 01, 2019
Dr. Sipos works at the intersection of food systems, community-engaged scholarship, sustainability and equity. Her PhD in Integrated Studies in Land & Food Systems at the University of British Columbia investigated long-term, community-university partnerships critical for community food systems.
Christopher D. Simpson
Faculty Member | October 01, 2019
My research interests involve the application of analytical chemistry to the development of techniques for assessment of exposure to toxic chemicals, and the subsequent application of those techniques to investigate occupational and environmental exposures.
Peter Rabinowitz
Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
Dr. Peter Rabinowitz is professor of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, and  director of the UW Center for One Health Research.
Scott Meschke
Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
Dr. Meschke is an environmental and occupational health microbiologist, specializing in the fate, transport, detection and control of pathogens in environmental media (air, water, food and surfaces). 
Catherine Karr
Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
Dr. Catherine Karr is an environmental epidemiologist and pediatric environmental medicine specialist. She has a primary appointment in the UW Department of Pediatrics, a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Epidemiology.