Occupational Health

Virtual training for wildfire prevention
Blog entry | September 08, 2020
As wildfires burn across the western United States—intensified by warmer, drier conditions caused by climate change—the forest workers who help prevent such fires are more critical than ever.
Protecting Washington workers in the pandemic
Blog entry | September 04, 2020
This summer, I interned at the Department of Occupational Safety & Health in the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. I learned about ensuring the health and safety of employees exposed to different hazards, especially the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heat, fire, smoke and health in Washington’s ag industry
Blog entry | September 03, 2020
Right now, some 140,000 agricultural workers are picking apples, peaches and other crops at the peak of Washington’s harvest season, just as Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in response to wildfires burning across the state.
Protecting health in the Great Plains
Blog entry | August 24, 2020
Editor's note: Natalie Peterson is a UW senior completing her BS in Environmental Health. Her JRCOSTEP internship was recently featured by the Indian Health Service on its website.  
A model of scientific integrity
Blog entry | August 17, 2020
Lianne Sheppard fought recent efforts by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suppress the role of academic scientists advising the agency on environmental policy. The University of Washington professor also battled back against attacks on her research into the link between cancer and glyphosate, a widely used herbicide.
Safety for swine workers
Blog entry | July 29, 2020
A graduate student and a recent alumna of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) have teamed up this summer to help improve worker health and safety in the US pork industry.
Can the coronavirus spread in hospital air?
Blog entry | July 27, 2020
“How can we make our operating room safer during the pandemic?” When Dr. James Hecker, an anesthesiologist at UW Medical Center, heard this question from a fellow physician, he thought about the problem not just as a doctor but also as an engineer.
Reusing N95 masks safely
Blog entry | July 23, 2020
How many times can a health care worker safely reuse a face mask?
Boosting economic recovery from the pandemic
Blog entry | July 01, 2020
 
Champion of vulnerable workers
Blog entry | June 18, 2020
Early in his career, Noah Seixas spent six months working on the assembly line of a rifle manufacturer in Massachusetts “to see what life was like on the line in a dirty, crappy factory.”
Finding beauty in the details
Blog entry | May 20, 2020
Alexa Yadama BS, Environmental Health Hometown Pullman, WA Future plans A career in environmental or public health, and eventually a master’s in public health. “ I really appreciate mixing public health with my science background and helping people with the knowledge I have.”
How to clean green
Blog entry | May 15, 2020
 
Helping businesses reopen safely
Blog entry | May 13, 2020
Business owners who have weathered pandemic closures face a new challenge as they prepare to reopen—protecting their workers in a landscape altered by the novel coronavirus. Now researchers in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are teaming up to help them.
Coronavirus guidance for farming, forestry and fishing
Blog entry | April 29, 2020
Each spring, seasonal farmworkers arrive in the Pacific Northwest for the planting season. This year, they’ve been met with a public health emergency.
Heat risk for farmworkers
Blog entry | April 28, 2020
Read the news release Workers who pick our fruits and vegetables already face harsh conditions in fields during summer harvest months. Those conditions will worsen significantly over the coming decades.
Answering the state’s call for help on PPE
Blog entry | April 27, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to adapt—whether that means throwing together dinner from pantry staples or tackling an urgent public health concern with some ingenuity and left-over materials in your lab.
Working conditions influence birth outcomes
Blog entry | April 14, 2020
Women who experience high employment precarity prior to or during pregnancy have a 48% higher risk of delivering low-birth-weight infants than women with low employment precarity, according to a study from researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Most people can’t work from home
Blog entry | April 08, 2020
Read the news release about Baker's study
COVID-19 resources for employers and workers
Blog entry | March 31, 2020
Are you a business owner or worker grappling with the impact of COVID-19 on your workplace? See our COVID-19 resource guide for businesses and employees  
When telecommuting isn't an option
Blog entry | March 18, 2020
Our empty roads and restaurants reflect our new reality: Many workers are now working remotely in response to the coronavirus outbreak. But what if your work requires your presence?
Brewing safer workplaces
Blog entry | March 04, 2020
Hannah Echt’s passion for public health is something of a family tradition. Hannah Echt MS, Occupational Hygiene Hometown: Cincinnati, OH Favorite thing about Seattle: "The public transportation is really good. You can get pretty much everywhere you need to go on the bus or light rail."
Why choose UW DEOHS for grad school?
Blog entry | February 25, 2020
Talk with an adviser Where else but Seattle could you bike to campus while sipping coffee from your handlebar-mounted cup holder, enjoying sweeping views of Mount Rainier between classes?
Welcoming women in construction
Blog entry | February 14, 2020
Working in construction demands long hours and strenuous labor with the ever-present risk of injury. Women construction workers face unique challenges on top of that.  Assistant Professor Marissa Baker
Cadmium exposure and Alzheimer's risk
Blog entry | December 05, 2019
Exposure to the toxin cadmium, a known human carcinogen, leads to accelerated cognitive impairment, even at levels found in people who do not smoke cigarettes, according to a new animal study from res
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.
Champion of ergonomics
Blog entry | November 21, 2019
After 18 years at the University of Washington, Peter Johnson, professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, will retire in mid-November.
Green cleaning on the menu
Blog entry | October 30, 2019
We all expect the kitchen of our favorite eatery to be spotless. But cleaning chemicals used to combat foodborne illness can harm workers and the environment.
Lung health in coffee workers
Blog entry | June 28, 2019
  Drinking coffee is linked to all kinds of health benefits, from reducing your risk of heart disease to potentially protecting you from cancer of the uterus and liver.
2019 DEOHS graduation
Blog entry | June 17, 2019
The UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) is celebrating the 57 new graduates who received their degrees this weekend. DEOHS Chair Michael Yost presided over a Friday ceremony at Foege Auditorium honoring the students, who earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Public Health, Master of Science and PhD degrees.
UW research showcase
Blog entry | May 24, 2019
Research led by Environmental Health majors in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) was featured yesterday at the School of Public Health's Undergraduate Symposium.