Occupational 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.
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.
On the job | Zakary Reimann
Blog entry | August 27, 2019
  Editor’s note: This summer, 26 students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are getting hands-on experience as interns with government agencies and private companies. In our occasional “On the Job” series, we feature some of their stories.  
On the job | Jennifer Kim
Blog entry | August 27, 2019
  Editor’s note: This summer, 26 students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are getting hands-on experience as interns with government agencies and private companies. In our occasional “On the Job” series, we feature some of their stories.  
A Labor Day reflection
Blog entry | August 26, 2019
Boys as young as 8 years old crushed by mining equipment. Teen girls burned to death in a sweatshop fire. Loggers left penniless and jobless following terrible workplace injuries.
On the job | Hannah Echt
Blog entry | August 19, 2019
  Editor’s note: This summer, 26 students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are getting hands-on experience as interns with government agencies and private companies. In our occasional “On the Job” series, we feature some of their stories.  
On the job | Angela Zhu
Blog entry | August 12, 2019
  Editor’s note: This summer, 26 students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are getting hands-on experience as interns with government agencies and private companies. In our occasional “On the Job” series, we feature some of their stories.  
Protecting precarious workers
Blog entry | May 16, 2019
DEOHS at the Washington State Legislature UW DEOHS faculty and research will help inform state policy as part of several bills passed by the Washington State Legislature this spring:
The science of workplace safety
Blog entry | May 09, 2019
Industrial hygiene wasn’t on the short list of career choices for Noah Seixas until he got an up-close look at a workplace incident that exposed millions of people to a hazardous chemical.
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
Real-life experience, without the risk
Blog entry | November 07, 2018
The UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) will soon incorporate virtual reality (VR) into our worker health and safety training programs—a kind of digital “apprenticeship” that could save real lives on the job.
Co-piloting a program to launch careers
Blog entry | October 29, 2018
[Reprinted with permission from the fall 2018 edition of Northwest Public Health magazine.] Jenna Buchanan is on a mission to improve the culture of safety at Boeing. She seeks to learn lessons not only from accidents but also from close calls.
Jude Van Buren
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Ming-Yi Tsai
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
I became interested in the characterization of urban air quality after working in Beijing in the mid-1990s. I make measurements to model the spatial and temporal distribution of pollutants. I am particularly interested in bringing new methods and technologies into exposure assessment for air pollution health studies.
Katherine Sprugel
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Sprugel has worked in preclinical research and development in the biotechnology industry in Seattle for over 25 years, including work at ZymoGenetics, PathoGenesis and Chiron. She is currently a Scientific Director in Toxicology Sciences at Amgen in Seattle, where she works on safety assessments and nonclinical development strategies for drugs in the areas of inflammation and oncology.
Barbara A. Silverstein
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Barbara Silverstein is the Research Director of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program.
Walt Rostykus
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Walt Rostykus, Vice President and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech, has over 30 years of experience delivering and managing ergonomic, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, and environmental programs.
Bruce Millies
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Bruce Millies teaches occupational safety and health continuing education courses. He is a former lawyer who practiced environmental law, took a break from the law to earn an MS in environmental health from the University of Washington, and then somehow forgot to return to being a lawyer.
Patricia J. Sparks
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
I have 35 years experience in the field of occupational and environmental medicine in state and federal governments, industry, and private medical practice. I have been administrative head of two sections/departments of occupational medicine and have managed a statewide pilot program to model innovative delivery of occupational medicine services.
Michael A. Silverstein
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Michael Silverstein has held a variety of significant positions in the public and private sectors over a 40-year career in workplace safety and health. He recently retired from his post as the Assistant Director for Industrial Safety and Health in the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries after directing the state's OSHA program for ten years. Dr.
Nicholas Reul
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Reul is the Associate Medical Director for Occupational Disease at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. A board-certified occupational and environmental medicine physician, Dr. Reul is committed to working in the public interest to translate known science into effective public health and workers’ compensation policies and guidelines.
Esi W. Nkyekyer
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Nkyekyer received her MD from Yale University School of Medicine in 2010 and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in 2013.
Paul Darby
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Board-certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Medical Director of Occupational Health for Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, WA. Specialist in evaluation and treatment of occupational injury and disease, chemically-related illness, Federally-regulated medical exams (DOT, FAA, USCG, Department of Defense, OWCP, Harborworkers and Longshore, Jones Act).
David Bonauto
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Research Director, Associate Medical Director Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention Program Washington State Department of Labor and Industries  
Jeanne M. Sears
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Sears specializes in occupational health services research, and in program and policy evaluation. She is Co-Director of the Occupational Health Services Research training program, which is part of the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC).
Butch de Castro
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. de Castro is Deputy Director of the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety and Director of the Occupational Health Nursing Program. Prior to coming to UW, he served as Senior Staff for Occupational and Environmental Health at the American Nurses Association and also worked in the Office of Occupational Health Nursing at federal OSHA.
Debra Cherry
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Steven Frank Hecker
Faculty Member | October 04, 2019
Steve Hecker is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. His specialty interests include industrial hygiene and labor education.
Janice E. Camp
Faculty Member | October 03, 2019
Ms. Camp is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Director of the Department's Educational Outreach efforts.
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.