Occupational Safety

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.
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
 
Promoting safety on the farm
Blog entry | June 29, 2020
Senior Research Scientist Kit Galvin
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.”
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.
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.
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  
New study clears path for self-sampling for COVID-19
Blog entry | March 25, 2020
Editor's note: Results from this study were published June 3, 2020, in the New England Journal of Medicine.  
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?
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
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.
Cynthia Curl
Faculty Member | July 10, 2020
Cynthia L. Curl, MS, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University, where she studies the intersection between agricultural production and human health and directs the Curl Agricultural Health Lab.