Current Status and Future Challenges in Molecular Design for Reduced Hazard - Jan 20, 2017

Several DEOHS Faculty, as well as Faculty involved in the MoDRN grant have published a new paper titled Current Status and Future Challenges in Molecular Design for Reduced Hazard. This work is featured in the ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering Journal.

ABSTRACT: Synthetic chemicals and materials are the basis of our society and our economy. Yet, in spite of all the advances in toxicology that have helped us understand and even predict toxicity associated with industrial... Read more

One by one, 3 utility workers descended into a manhole. One by one, they died. - Jan 19, 2017

When a utility worker in Key Largo, Fla., noticed that a section of a paved street was not settling properly, he decided to remove a manhole cover and descend into the earth.

Moments later on Monday morning, the 15-foot-deep hole went silent. Sensing the man was trapped, a fellow utility worker climbed into the drainage hole to rescue him. When he, too, stopped responding, a third worker entered the same hole.

All three men died, overcome by poisonous fumes underground, the... Read more

How does workplace safety and health align with sustainability? - Jan 4, 2017

John Davies,

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

In May, we were contacted by representatives from the U.S. government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to discuss how they might engage in efforts that bring the agency’s work into broader sustainability discussions and initiatives. We had a good discussion, connected them with corporate representatives we thought they should talk with, and asked... Read more

Railroad in fiery derailment agrees to changes - Dec 29, 2016

The nation’s largest railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery derailment and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network.

Details on the agreement between the Federal Railroad Administration and Union Pacific Railroad were obtained by The Associated Press.

A Union Pacific train hauling crude oil through the Columbia River Gorge derailed in June near Mosier, Oregon, sparking a massive... Read more

Washington SHARE Lab Fall E-Newsletter - Nov 28, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from the SHARE Lab!

Highlights for this issue include:

  • Updates on CMOSH & Recent Construction Field Trips
  • Student Profile on an ERC CMOSH student
  • Announcements and Upcoming Opportunities

SHARE Lab is housed in the Department of Construction Management, University of Washington. The lab features research and education initiatives that concern the health and safety of construction workforce.

OSHA Updates Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs - Nov 4, 2016

OSHA has recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and medium-sized business settings. The Recommended Practices present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core... Read more

Safety and Health Empowerment for Women in Trades (SHEWT) - Nov 3, 2016

Construction workers experience many health and safety concerns including falls, being struck by/against machinery, musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic health hazards from contaminants. Women workers face additional gender-specific hazards such as inadequate physical protection, unsanitary facilities, and stress from discrimination and harassment. As opportunities for women in the trades continue to grow in the Pacific Northwest,... Read more

U.S. Labor Department: States Are Failing Injured Workers - Oct 6, 2016

A new Department of Labor report says cuts to state workers’ comp systems have left injured workers with inadequate benefits and raises the specter of federal oversight. The findings echo those of a ProPublica and NPR investigation last year.

by Michael Grabell ProPublica, Oct. 5, 2016, 6:01 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR.

This story has been... Read more