Help us to serve you better! - Jul 22, 2021

The Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety annual needs assessment survey is currently open and available for you to provide input into our course development and delivery plans for the next year. We are always trying to make sure that we meet the needs of our audience by providing state of the art science on relevant emerging topics in addition to delivering traditional professional development courses. Complete the survey today to let us know what and how you want to learn.... Read more

US EPA delayed, dropped chemical risk assessments - Mar 19, 2019

Top officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have halted evaluations of the human health risks of nine chemicals, including formaldehyde, a March 4 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concludes. This comes after the EPA postponed the release of many chemical assessments for nearly six months last year, says the GAO, the nonpartisan, investigative arm of Congress.

The EPA has a program that assesses the safety of chemicals used in consumer and... Read more

In Landmark Ruling, Employer Held Accountable after Social Service Worker Stabbed to Death - Mar 11, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Press Contacts: Roger Kerson, 734.645.0535,

National COSH Says Stronger Protections Needed, Including New Legislation to Establish OSHA Standard on Workplace Violence

WASHINGTON, DC – In a landmark case, the Occupational Safety and... Read more

Workplace Violence isn't Something that Just Happens - Nov 19, 2018

November 16, 2018 | via The Pump Handle

Advocates for workplace safety know that when violence occurs in our places of employment, it isn’t just an interpersonal matter. That’s why they’re exploring the problem from all angles, connecting research with activism to create workplaces in which all employees are free from harm.

During a session on workplace... Read more

U.S. Government Accountability Office Examines Sustainable Chemistry - Mar 14, 2018

Can the chemistry behind medicines, personal care products, and other everyday items be improved? This was the question at hand when U.S. GAO examined “sustainable chemistry.”

They found that stakeholders generally didn't agree on how to define or assess sustainable chemistry. However, they cited several common themes, such as using fewer non-renewable resources and considering all stages of a product's life cycle when evaluating environmental impact.

U.S GAO looked at more... Read more

NPR's Howard Berkes reports today on the largest cluster of severe black lung disease ever reported in the U.S. - Feb 7, 2018

NPR's Howard Berkes reports today on the largest cluster of severe black lung disease ever reported in the U.S. The story is part of his 14 month investigation that broadcast on February 6, 2018 on All Things Considered.

Berkes reports: During the period 2013 to 2017, and from just three clinics in southwestern Virginia, more than 400 cases of Progressive Massive Fibrosis were diagnosed and now confirmed by NIOSH.

The findings are published today in the Journal of the American... Read more

Seattle contractor charged with felony for employee's death in 2016 trench collapse - Jan 11, 2018

January 9, 2018 via The Seattle Times

Harold Felton was working to re-connect a new sewer line to a West Seattle house when the trench where he was working caved in, burying him in wet soil. His boss is accused of criminal negligence in his January 2016 death.

By Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times staff reporter

A Seattle contractor accused of criminal negligence is believed to be the first employer in state history to face felony charges... Read more

Researchers tout safer alternative to potentially deadly paint stripper chemical - Jan 2, 2018

January 2, 2018 via CBS News

An alternative to a potentially deadly chemical found in common paint strippers is facing hurdles to reach consumers. CBS News' Anna Werner reported last month on the deaths of dozens of people who used methylene chloride. The EPA indefinitely postponed a ban on that chemical last month, proposed by the Obama administration.

Now, researchers say if the industry won't come up with a safer product, they will. Activists like Mike Schade, who runs the... Read more

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15, 2017 - Nov 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017.

OSHA’s final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses sets December 15, 2017,... Read more

AIHA 2017 State of the Environmental Health and Safety Survey Results Released - Oct 10, 2017

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recently published their annual state of the industry survey. The survey, which polled 744 EH&S professionals, discoverd that, "Chemical exposure and chemical management combined to be the single largest concern (33.49%) amongst EHS professionals."

Respondents also indicated that stronger support from leadership and executive teams for EH&S... Read more