Occupational Health

COVID-19 on Washington farms
Blog entry | April 11, 2021
DEOHS Assistant Professor Sarah Collier

Reaching out for change on the farm
Blog entry | April 08, 2021
In her free time, Dennise Drury loves playing volleyball, basketball and soccer. She’s just as multifaceted when it comes to public health pursuits.

Deforestation threatens worker health and productivity
Blog entry | April 06, 2021
Without the cooling powers of trees, workers in deforested areas are less productive, according to new research from the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and other collaborators.

A community lifeline in the pandemic
Blog entry | March 02, 2021
Esther Min, DEOHS research consultant and Front and Centered environmental health lead.

Cultivating farmworker health on the airwaves
Blog entry | February 18, 2021
For many farmworkers across Washington state, the risks of working on the front lines during the pandemic have been compounded by an “infodemic.”

Navigating a safe return to work
Blog entry | January 31, 2021

Our most-read stories of 2020
Blog entry | December 22, 2020
In a year like no other, DEOHS faculty, students and staff quickly pivoted to tackle new threats posed by the pandemic. We contributed to Washington state's COVID-19 response, showed the effectiveness of self-sampling for the virus and assessed impacts on essential workers—not to mention our furry friends.

Field trips get a pandemic makeover
Blog entry | December 17, 2020
DEOHS Teaching Professor Martin Cohen How do you lead 20 students on a field trip during a pandemic?

New gift will create modern lab and research spaces
Blog entry | November 23, 2020
Gilbert Omenn and Martha Darling are longtime benefactors of the UW School of Public Health. Photo: Courtesy of Omenn.

Co-creating COVID-19 messages for farmworkers
Blog entry | November 20, 2020
Elizabeth Torres with El Proyecto Bienestar.

New location, boundless opportunities
Blog entry | October 20, 2020
The UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) has completed a major move into the new Hans Rosling Center for Population Health on the University of Washington campus.

Vulnerable workers face COVID-19 risk
Blog entry | October 05, 2020
Read the full story, including interactive graphics on the research findings. Learn more

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

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