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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Smoke Monitoring for Agricultural Safety and Health (SMASH)

PNASH Pilot Project 2019-2021 | Edward Kasner, MPH, PhD

The hazard of wildfire smoke exposure continues to increase in the Northwest and presents an important health risk to outdoor workers, including those in agriculture.

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Use of Unexpected Events and Management Requiring Conditions in the Training and Management of Loggers

PNASH Pilot Project 2019-2021 | Kevin Lyons, PhD

This pilot project is developing a novel system, with a simulated environment, where workers identify potential safety concerns and assign a severity rating to the safety concerns.

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Systemic Evaluation of Exoskeletons in Reducing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Manual Timber Felling

PNASH Pilot Project 2019-2021 | Jay Kim, PhD, MS

This small pilot project assessed logging stakeholders’ interests in the use of exoskeletons to reduce musculoskeletal injuries.

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¡Basta! Prevent Sexual Harassment in Agriculture

PNASH Pilot Project 2019-2021 |

Principal Investigators: Jody Early, Ph.D, M.S., MCHES and Victoria A. Breckwich Vásquez, Dr

This project was created in response to concerns voiced by farmworker health and social service providers about the occupational health risks of women agricultural workers, as well as increased media and

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Wildfires and Human Health

Science for Nature and People Partnership 2020-2021 | Principal Investigator: June Spector,MPH, MD

A Wildfires and Human Health working group led by a team of researchers at the University of Washington and The Nature Conservancy.

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COVID-19 Response: Co-Developing Culturally Relevant Messages for Farmworkers

UW Population Health Initiative 2019-2020 | Principal Investigator: Edward Kasner, MPH, PhD

The goal of this rapid response project was to co-develop accurate and approachable public service announcements, radio spots, social media messages, and infographics about COVID-19 for agricultural

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Respiratory Health and Indoor Air Quality in Washington's Cannabis Industry

PNASH Pilot Project 2018-2020 | Christopher Simpson, PhD, MSc

Marijuana is now medically legal in 38 states and recreationally legal in 11 states, including Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Due to the drug's illegal history, there is a lack of scientific study on the

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

PNASH Pilot Project 2018-2020 | Elena Austin, DSc, MS

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

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Evaluation of Wearable-Based Activity Recognition Modeling Applications for Logging Safety

PNASH Pilot Project 2018-2020 | Robert Keefe, PhD, MS

This pilot project is integrating geospatial technology and activity recognition modeling into a Garmin smartwatch and smartphone application for rigging crew workers in the logging industry.

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