PNASH Research Projects

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Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center projects are multidisciplinary and respond to a variety of needs, from health care and monitoring to safety engineering and training.

Projects are competitively reviewed and funded. Topics we propose:

  • Address hazards that are the most serious, affect the greatest number of workers, and where that research will make a difference.
  • Meet the needs of Northwest employers, workers, and service providers. We have established a process that engages constituencies from agricultural, health, and safety to help us establish research priorities.

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PNASH Research Priorities

PNASH Center priorities are established from regional needs assessments from data review and stakeholder advisories, and is guided by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing.


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The Healthy Dairy Worker Study

NIOSH 2016-2022 | Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH

This study is characterizing dairy worker exposure to microbes and allergens common in dairies, which will provide a better understanding of whether these exposures provide immune benefits or an in

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A Multi-Level Approach to Heat Related Illness Prevention in Agricultural Workers

NIOSH 2016-2022 | June Spector, MD, MPH

This study works in collaboration with Washington state growers and workers, farmworker housing partners, and Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet.

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Injury and Illness Prevention in the Pacific Northwest for the Dairy Industry

NIOSH 2016-2022 | Michael Yost, PhD

Washington claims data shows that dairy workers have a higher rate of injury than other industries.

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Safety Surveillance for PNW Commercial Fishing: Risk Information System for Commercial (RISC) Fishing

NIOSH 2016-2022 | Laurel Kincl, PhD, MS

Commercial fishing is vital to the Pacific Northwest (PNW), yet it has some of the highest rates of serious injuries and deaths.

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Practical Solutions for Pesticide Safety

NIOSH 2016-2022 | Kit Galvin, MPH, CIH

The Practical Solutions for Pesticide Safety (PSPS) guide is a collection of over 30 solutions and ideas identified on farms. Each solution sheet is available in English and Spanish.

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Prevention of Occupational Exposure to Pesticide Drift

NIOSH 2016-2022 | Richard Fenske, Ph.D, MPH and Edward Kasner, Ph.D, MPH

Pesticide drift is a long-standing issue in the Pacific Northwest, especially for the tree fruit industry and workforce.

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Home Air in Agriculture - Pediatric Intervention (HAPI) Trial

NIEHS 2015-2021 | Principal Investigator: Catherine Karr, MD, PhD

The primary goal of the HAPI project, made possible through El Proyecto Bienestar, is to reduce exposure to inflammatory agents and allergens in the homes of an environmental justice community of

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Community Health Interventions with Yakima Ag Workers "El Proyecto Bienestar"

Various funding sources 2009-2019 |

El Proyecto Bienestar (EPB) or, Well Being Project, is a long-standing community health intervention effort guided by a Yakima Valley community advisory board and a partnership of: The U

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Pilot: Nitrate Well Water Testing in Agricultural Communities: Improving Environmental Health Communication with Health Behavior Theory

PNASH Pilot Project 2018-2019 |

Elevated levels of nitrate in groundwater are a significant public health concern for private well water users in the Lower Yakima Valley, which has a large Latino farmworker community.

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