The latest news from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Each year, University of Iowa faculty and staff members are honored for their valuable contributions to the university's core mission of teaching, service, and research. Award recipients from the College of Public Health in 2018 were Charles Lynch (Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service), Gayle Robertson (David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Service), and Peter Thorne (Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence). Published October 16, 2018
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract for possible poster presentation at the April 4, 2019, Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL) Summit at the College of Public Health. Abstracts are due by Nov. 5, 2018. Published October 4, 2018
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa College of Public Health examined whole-body vibration exposures during the operation of several types of agricultural machinery. "Exposure to whole-body vibration is a key occupational risk factor for back pain, which is common among agricultural workers," says the study's lead investigator, Nathan Fethke, CPH associate professor of occupational and environmental health. "Spending many hours operating machinery can increase the frequency of back pain episodes and, if the pain is severe or becomes chronic, medical costs can be quite high." Published October 2, 2018
A new UI study is determining how much vibration a given farm machine transfers to the driver's body while working. According to research, 9 out of 10 farmers experience back pain during their careers often linked to extended amounts of time spent on the seats of machines. "Whatever we can do to design these problems out before they become potentially disabling for the farmer, that's what we want to do," says Nathan Fethke, CPH associate professor of occupational and environmental health. (KGAN) Published October 2, 2018
Registration is now open for the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) Conference to be held in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Nov. 27-30. Check out the conference program and registration options online. Published September 19, 2018
The Telling the Story Project shares the stories of farmers, agricultural workers, and family and community members who've been impacted by injuries, fatalities, or close calls. "Talking about farm safety makes it normal, and part of farm management, just like the markets or weather or policies are discussed," says Stephanie Leonard, who helped develop the project. "This is just as important, and actually more, when you’re the person who stands to lose time at work from an injury or your life, even." (Multiple sources) Published September 18, 2018
Release your inner poet and enter the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest's limerick contest. Write a humorous limerick on a topic related to occupational health and safety and submit your entry by Feb. 28. The winner will be announced March 18! Published February 18, 2019