DEOHS Team Honored as "Safer Chemistry Champions" for Reducing Toxics - Oct 29, 2015

SEATTLE--Staff in the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences were honored Oct. 27, 2015 with a Safer Chemistry Champion award presented by the Washington Department of Ecology.

The annual awards honor Washington businesses and organizations for their leadership in reducing the use of toxic chemicals and finding safer... Read more

*New* Customizable Safer Chemistry Curriculum for Professionals - Oct 26, 2015

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council Education Group is proud to announce the launch of the... Read more

Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil-train disaster - Sep 21, 2015

The oil-production boom in North Dakota has made oil trains a daily fact of life around the country.

PHILADELPHIA — They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest.

While railroads have long carried hazardous materials through congested urban areas, cities are now scrambling to formulate emergency plans and to train firefighters amid the latest safety threat: a fiftyfold increase... Read more

Firefighters, Law Enforcement Remember 9/11 at WFD Memorial - Sep 11, 2015

Area firefighters, law enforcement and community members remembered 9/11 at Wilmington’s Firefighter Memorial, which features a piece of a beam from the World Trade Center.

During the ceremony Friday morning a wreath was laid at the memorial, honoring lives lost in the attacks that day 14 years ago.

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said though it was an emotional day, he is also proud of the bravery shown by the first responders.

“It’s a good time to not only... Read more

Women In Trades Portrait Project - Sep 10, 2015

A look into Puget Sound's hardworking women in traditionally male jobs.

Washington state: Car wash chemical dangerous to workers - Aug 22, 2015

TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — A chemical commonly used at commercial car and truck washes can be dangerous to workers, according to new research by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report Friday based on research from the agency, which looked at workers’ compensation injury reports from 2001 to 2013. It found 48 workers suffered burns from hydrofluoric-acid-based car wash products, and one, a 38-year-old man,... Read more

With number of insured on the rise, nurse practitioners may be key solution - Aug 13, 2015

With more people using the health-care system, the nurse practitioner may play a key role in providing primary care. Bob Smithing is an easygoing, approachable guy — traits his patients surely appreciate in their primary-care provider. But there is one thing patients can do to get a rise out of him. They can call him “Dr. Smithing.” Smithing is a nurse practitioner, a medical professional who works in a family clinic in Kent with four other nurse practitioners and no medical doctors. While... Read more

Fire District 1 Hosts Course on Oil Train Risks, Preparedness - Aug 7, 2015

More than 30 safety professionals and first responders learned about crude oil rail transportation risks and preparedness in a class at Snohomish County Fire District 1 last week.

“This will help Fire District 1 in our response planning for the oil trains coming through our service area in unincorporated south Snohomish County and the City of Edmonds,” Assistant Chief Bob Eastman said. He was one of five senior officers from Fire District 1 who attended.

The course was... Read more

Crude Oil Spill Disaster Classes Offered As Communities See Increased Oil Train Use - Jul 31, 2015

UW DEOHS Continuing Education Programs course director John Malool was interviewed about the Bakken Oil Transport: Emerging Risk Awareness Training courses put on by DEOHS CE.

35,000 gallons of Oil Spills after Montana Train Derailment - Jul 21, 2015

“We’re lucky it didn’t ignite,”said the Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff. Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said. The spill marked the latest in a series of wrecks across the U.S. and Canada that have highlighted the safety risks of moving crude by rail. No one was reported injured in the accident... Read more