Occupational Safety

Blog entry | May 13, 2021
Four students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) were recently awarded scholarships from the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) to support their studies in industrial hygiene.

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.

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.

Blog entry | March 15, 2021
Harsh cleaners like bleach can affect food industry workers breathing in concentrated chemicals and impact the environment when they go down the drain. Many people are unaware there are safer alternatives.

Blog entry | March 02, 2021
Esther Min, DEOHS research consultant and Front and Centered environmental health lead.

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.”

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.

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

Blog entry | November 23, 2020
Gilbert Omenn and Martha Darling are longtime benefactors of the UW School of Public Health. Photo: Courtesy of Omenn.

Blog entry | October 05, 2020
Read the full story, including interactive graphics on the research findings. Learn more

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.

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.

Blog entry | July 29, 2020
Madeline Benoit MPH, One Health Hometown Portland, OR Future plans Getting a job that serves and helps other people. In the meantime, you can find her at the barn!

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.

Blog entry | July 23, 2020
How many times can a health care worker safely reuse a face mask?

Blog entry | June 29, 2020
Senior Research Scientist Kit Galvin

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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  

Blog entry | March 25, 2020
Editor's note: Results from this study were published June 3, 2020, in the New England Journal of Medicine.  

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?

Blog entry | February 25, 2020
Talk with an adviser Learn about our graduate degrees

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

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.

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.

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.  

Newsletter

Environmental health news delivered to your inbox monthly: