OEH News

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

I-CASH grants support ag safety efforts

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) has awarded Mitchell County Extension and Outreach two grants totaling $1,000 to fund community initiatives about farm safety and health. (Mitchell County Press News) Published July 5, 2019

Researchers examine motorcycle crashes in Iowa

Researcher Cara Hamaan with the UI Injury Prevention Research Center and colleagues at the Iowa DOT are studying motorcycle safety in Iowa. (WMT/WHO) Published July 1, 2019

Grants to youth groups promote agricultural safety and health

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health in the UI College of Public Health has awarded grants to 10 agricultural youth groups around Iowa to help fund farm safety and health initiatives. (Oskaloosa Herald) Published July 1, 2019

I-CASH awards 10 youth grants for farm safety

Every year Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) provides funds for small grants to community youth groups for farm safety-related projects. Check out the 10 projects that were funded this year. Published June 19, 2019

Video: Diane Rohlman discusses agricultural safety course

Diane Rohlman, director of the UI's Agricultural Safety and Health Program, discusses how the ag safety course provides education on farm hazards. (Telegraph Herald) Published June 13, 2019

Students experience grain bin rescue simulation

Students enrolled in the UI's Agricultural Safety and Health: The Core Course recently took part in a grain bin rescue simulation. (KCRG)  Published June 13, 2019

Madison Stewart receives Pulitzer Center Student Reporting Fellowship

Madison Stewart, an MS student in occupational and environmental health, has received a 2019 Student Reporting Fellowship from the Pulitzer Center. She will travel to Costa Rica to examine banana production, focusing on the agricultural workforce that makes it one of the world's leading exporters in bananas. Published June 6, 2019

Fethke comments on health effects of whole-body vibration

Repeated exposure to whole-body vibration impacts the spinal discs, and accumulated vibrations can add up--possibly triggering lower back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. "Any sort of equipment where an operator is in a seated position has the potential to impart mechanical vibration that could be problematic," said Nathan Fethke, CPH associate professor of occupational and environmental health. (Safey+Health) Published June 6, 2019

Learn about emerging health issues and e-cigarettes on June 21

Learn about health and e-cigarette use at a free session the morning of June 21 in Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB). The session "Emerging Issues with Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems" is part of the Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers Meeting. Please register in advance and select the Friday morning only option. Published June 4, 2019

Rohlman discusses injury prevention for teen workers

According to NIOSH, a teen is injured in the workplace every five minutes in the United States. "Not having been in the workforce, they don't recognize hazards," said Diane Rohlman, associate professor and director of the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest at the University of Iowa. "If somebody tells them to do something, they're just going to do it. That's the model they've been following." (Safety+Health) Published June 4, 2019

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