OEH News

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

In memoriam: Professor Emeritus Bill Field

R. William "Bill" Field, professor emeritus of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He was recognized internationally for his expertise in radon and radiation health effects. Published November 14, 2022

Injury Prevention Day is Nov. 18

Join the UI Injury Prevention Research Center in "shining a green light” on injury prevention. Find out how you can get involved on this day of action. Published November 10, 2022

From the Front Row: Climate change and public health with Peter Thorne

This week Anya chats about climate change with Dr. Peter Thorne, professor of occupational and environmental health and co-director of the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center. He has held a number of prominent national leadership positions, including serving as chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Published October 13, 2022

Be alert for farm equipment on the roads

As harvest gets into full swing, it’s a good time to remind vehicle drivers about being alert for farm equipment on the roads. It’s also a good time for those equipment operators to double check that their farm vehicles have appropriate lighting and marking, writes Brandi Janssen in her latest Safety Watch article. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published October 13, 2022

Janssen discusses tractor safety

As part of National Farm Safety Week, Brandi Janssen, director of I-CASH, discussed tractor safety, noting that around 50% of tractors being used don’t have a rollover protective structure (ROPS). "Our partnership with the National ROPS Rebate Program can help offset some of the cost of the retrofit process," she says. (Multiple sources) Published September 30, 2022

Iowa student Lauren Barlow completes an internship at Tesla – and gains a job offer

MS student Lauren Barlow completed an internship with Tesla, Inc. in California this summer. She worked on Tesla’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Team as an industrial hygiene intern. Her internship paid off in a big way – a job offer to return to Tesla after she graduates.  Published September 29, 2022

Free safety workshop focuses on youth working in agriculture

A virtual safety and health workshop devoted to safeguarding youth who work on farms and ranches will be held Sept. 28. The workshop is co-hosted by the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health based in the College of Public Health. Published August 31, 2022

Janssen reviews safety tips for avoiding needle-stick injuries 

Brandi Janssen, director of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, offers reminders on how to avoid needle-stick injuries when working with livestock. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published August 16, 2022

Fethke discusses farmers’ back pain

“Exposure to whole-body vibration is a key occupational risk factor for back pain, which is common among agricultural workers,” says Nathan Fethke, CPH associate professor. Whole-body vibration occurs when the shaking motion of a vehicle or farm machinery is transmitted through the body of the operator. (Successful Farming) Published August 10, 2022

Lehmler leads team to address climate, environment, and health

With $500,000 in funding from the OVPR Interdisciplinary Scholars awards program, an interdisciplinary team will start work on a new project at the intersection of climate, the environment, and health. Hans-Joachim Lehmler, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health, leads the project. Published August 3, 2022