OEH News

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

Baker discusses her work on WASH risk factors for women in rural India

Kelly Baker, CPH assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, was recently featured in a Q&A about her research on the ways water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) affect women's health across the life span in rural India and other countries. (SHARE) Published December 21, 2017

Study: Alcohol involvement leads to more devastating farm-equipment crashes

A relatively low portion of accidents between farm equipment and passenger vehicles involve alcohol. But those that do tend to be more dangerous and deadly, according to a new study from the UI's Great Plains Center for Agriculture Health. (Multiple Sources) Published December 21, 2017

Farm equipment operators should be cautious of alcohol-impaired drivers

A recent five-year study identified more than 60 alcohol-related crashes involving farm equipment in four Midwestern states. Most crashes resulted from the impaired passenger vehicle driver rear-ending or running head-on into the farm equipment. Not surprisingly, a greater percentage of the alcohol-impaired crashes occurred at night and on weekends. Published December 14, 2017

Study finds routine care of hydrogen sulfide monitors is needed to save lives

Some livestock producers are starting to wear low-cost gas monitors to provide warning alarms when hydrogen sulfide gases are released and become dangerous to life and health. UI researchers recently tested several monitors' performance over time, simulating what they might be exposed to over one year of use in a livestock environment.  Published December 14, 2017

Webinar: Strategies to End Fatal Bicycle Crashes in Iowa

How can we prevent bicyclists from being killed and injured on our roadways? Join a webinar on policy, legislative, and infrastructure solutions to increase bicycling safety at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Please register in advance.  Published December 14, 2017

Field comments on high radon levels in North Dakota town

When an elderly resident of Casselton, ND, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, her family tested her home for radon and found shockingly high numbers for the radioactive gas. Although the city sent out a health alert about radon, "there should be more of an effort to see if it's widespread," says radon expert Bill Field, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health. (West Fargo Pioneer) Published December 12, 2017

Op-ed: EPA scientific integrity in the balance

In a recent op-ed, Peter Thorne and his colleague Deborah Swackhamer wrote: "A recent decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restrict membership of the agency's many advisory boards not only jeopardizes the quality and independence of those boards, it amounts to scientific censorship and puts the health of Americans at risk." (Des Moines Register) Published November 29, 2017

Heartland Center trainees receive OSH scholarships

Two Heartland Center trainees were awarded scholarships at the 46th Annual Iowa Governor's Safety & Health Conference on Nov. 2, 2017. Darrin Thompson, a PhD student in the Occupational Epidemiology training program, received the Jack Beno Scholarship. Shaunae Alex, an MS student in the Industrial Hygiene training program, received the Bill Dickinson Scholarship. Published November 15, 2017

New report looks at suicide in Iowa

A new state-based surveillance system is helping Iowa learn more about the circumstances surrounding violent deaths such as suicide. Iowa released its first report from the Iowa Violent Death Reporting System (IAVDRS). The report, "Suicide in Iowa, 2015: Iowa Violent Death Reporting System Special Report," is a joint effort by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the UI Injury Prevention Research Center. Published November 15, 2017

Thorne comments on shift in EPA advisers

Until recently, Peter Thorne, CPH professor and head of occupational and environmental health, chaired the EPA's Science Advisory Board, the agency's most prominent advising body. Thorne says he's worried changes at the EPA will limit the agency's ability to protect public health and the environment. (Iowa Public Radio) Published November 15, 2017


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