OEH News

The latest news from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Rural Iowans’ motivations to get COVID vaccine

Steph Leonard, an occupational safety manager at the University of Iowa, shares stories from rural Iowans on why they chose to get vaccinated against COVID-19. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published July 20, 2021

Supporting Safer Workplaces

Did you know that the UI College of Public Health is the only institution in the U.S. that is home to three NIOSH-funded research and training centers? Learn more about their work and missions. Published July 9, 2021

Fireworks-related injuries continue to rise in Iowa

A report compiled by researchers from University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, the UI Injury Prevention Research Center, and other partners shows that fireworks-related injuries have increased since the Iowa Legislature legalized the sale of fireworks in May 2017. (Multiple sources) Published July 8, 2021

Fireworks-related injuries continue to rise in Iowa

A report compiled by researchers from University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and the UI College of Public Health, along with emergency personnel from Iowa Methodist Medical Center and the UI Injury Prevention Research Center, shows significant increases in fireworks-related injuries – and in the severity of those injuries – since the Iowa Legislature legalized the sale of fireworks in May 2017. (UIHC) Published July 1, 2021

Anthony reminds farmers of safety measures when working in confined spaces

An experienced scuba diver died in June at a farm in Iowa while repairing a million-gallon anaerobic digester where cattle manure and food waste generate biogas. T. Renee Anthony, professor of occupational and environmental health, said any time farmers make repairs in a confined space, such as a digester or a grain bin, they should take several precautions. (The Gazette) Published June 28, 2021

Peek-Asa comments on traffic death inequities

A new analysis of deaths on U.S. roads found that Black people were killed in traffic crashes at a rate almost 25 percent higher than white people in recent years, a disparity that appears to have worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. "Safety inequity in transportation is really an old issue," said CPH professor Corinne Peek-Asa. "It's those historic factors that have led to the potential for increased inequities during COVID." (Washington Post) Published June 25, 2021

Hoppe Parr earns Certified Industrial Hygienist certification

Kimberly Hoppe Parr (13PhD) has earned the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) professional certification in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene. Parr is a toxicologist and occupational and environmental health scientist with GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. Published June 17, 2021

Janssen appointed interim director of undergraduate programs

Brandi Janssen, clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, will serve as the College of Public Health's interim undergraduate program director beginning July 1, 2021. Published June 11, 2021

Study evaluates performance of 3D-printed face masks

A team of researchers that includes CPH professors Patrick O'Shaughnessy and Peter Thorne are experimenting with 3D-printed masks as a substitute for N95s and other respiratory devices. A new study evaluated how well the 3D masks perform, with a focus on the filter materials used to block out airborne particles and liquid contaminants. (VA Research Currents) Published June 10, 2021

I-CASH awards 13 Agricultural Youth Grants

Each year, Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) provides funds for small grants to Iowa youth groups who help educate their community members and improve safety on farms in their area. Check out a list of the 13 projects funded for 2021. Published June 9, 2021

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