Western Regional Ag Safety & Health Conference

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2019 Western Agriculture Safety and Health Conference - Cultivating Collaborations

August 7-9, 2019
University of Washington campus, Seattle, WA


This is a rare opportunity for those engaged in injury and illness prevention research in farming, fishing, and forestry. The western US shares a common history with these vital agricultural industries, landscapes, and communities. Likewise, we share common agricultural practices, workforces, and the means to improve conditions.

Cultivating Collaborations is co-sponsored by the five western NIOSH Agricultural Centers, the NIOSH Western States Division, and participation is invited from all partners in the implementation of science, service, and policy.


Our Theme

Cultivating Collaborations, reflects the conference goal to build collaborative relationships and foster the exchange of ideas. Attendees will include academic researchers, students, and extension educators, and a broad range of research partners from community organizations, producers, health care providers, and government agencies.


Core Program & Schedule

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Core Program & Schedule pdf.

Our core program developed through our planning committee addresses forward thinking
and innovative research, with thematic sessions on:

  • Hired and contract workforces
  • Prevention through design in new technologies
  • Climate change and health impacts
  • Surveillance research
  • Animal agriculture and the One Health approach
  • Best practices in engagement
  • Forestry safety innovations and populations
  • Commercial fishing and processing injury prevention



Our program is structured to foster discussion and the exchange of ideas, including:

  • Lightning talks and poster presentations. Call for abstracts is closed.
    Sixty presentations have been accepted - thank you for your submissions.
  • Built-in discussion time, including structured Roundtable Discussion Sessions
    (please contact pnash@uw.edu with your interest in hosting a table).
  • Joining the companion meeting: Dairy Safety Consortium (8/6/2019).


International Dairy Research Consortium (IDRC) Meeting, Tuesday, August 6th

Total Worker Health is the focus of the 2019 IDRC meeting. Dairy representatives are invited from across the globe to share their challenges and insights. Topics include immigration, mechanization, and dairy-worker health and safety management. Presentations and group discussions are aimed at building collaboration and developing projects. Lunch is provided.
Contact Cheryl.Beseler@colostate.edu.
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Early Bird registration until 6/30 | $375 | Click here

Late registration 6/30-8/9 |$425 | Click here

One day registration |$150 | Click here

Student registration |$200 | Click here for discounted student registration




Travel & Accommodations Guide pdf.

University of Washington is nestled between the sea and mountains. Our conference offers the best of the city while not feeling far from our roots in farming, fishing, and forestry. August is Seattle's best month - consider extending your stay!



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For questions, please email pnash@uw.edu or call (800) 330-0827.



Athena Ramos

Athena Ramos, PhD

Mental and Physical Health of Immigrant Workers in CAFOs and Field Ag


Eddie Kasner

Eddie Kasner, PhD

New Pesticide Application Technologies


Marc Schenker, MD. Photo of Marc and title of his presentation: HIred and Contract Ag Workforce, Sustainable Solutions

Marc B. Schenker, MD, MPH

Hired and Contract Ag Workforce Sustainable Solutions



Portrait of Peter Rabinowitz

Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH

Animal Agriculture and the One Health Approach


Portrait of Vanessa Casanova

Vanessa Casanova, PhD

Diversity within the Forestry and Logging Workforce


Richard Fenske Keynote speaker: Beyond a Doubt: The Critical Role of Science in Workplace Health and Safety

Richard Fenske, PhD

Beyond a Doubt: The Critical Role of Science in Workplace Health and Safety




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