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Our courses are partially supported by the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS), one of 18 Education and Research Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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These classes are offered multiple times a year. If you don't see an upcoming time scheduled for a class you are interested in check back soon, or send us an email.

Authentic Leadership Development Series

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Occupational Medicine Grand Rounds with CME/CNE

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Total Worker Health Certificate

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NIOSH Spirometry Training

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Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship Online Certificate

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Transitioning to Safer Chemicals

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Emergency Safety Officer Course

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Root Cause Analysis System

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Accelerating Leadership Development

This course is part of the Authentic Leadership Development. Click here to learn about the full series.
 
Accelerating Leadership Development
 
Leadership development at all levels of professional experience can be accelerated by understanding what theories, capabilities, and motivation fosters leader and follower effectiveness.  Before you can engage in acquiring these new capabilities and skills, you first need to be in a position of being ready and willing to learn and develop. This course will provide insight into unlocking both the motivation and abilities related to launching your leadership development. 
 
Our past participants have been health and safety professionals looking to motivate others to foster safety compliance, to face challenges in working with other departments to bring about the adoption of fast-changing requirements in the workplace. Participants will complete an online self-survey to explore their motivation and ability to understand how to activate positive leadership capabilities, which we refer to as leader developmental readiness.
to — Online, Instructor Led Enroll Now
Live sessions: Nov 5, 12, and 19, 2024 3pm-5:30pm PT

Advancing Leadership & Communication for Change Management

This course is part of the Authentic Leadership Development for Health and Safety Professionals series. Click here to learn about the full series.

Advancing Leadership & Communication for Change Management

As a health and safety professional, your needs for effectively managing change are complex. You often need to influence others without having positional authority.

Evidence-based models, frameworks, and practical experience come together in a course designed to develop and foster change management practices as a leader, supervisor, and individual. This course will provide frameworks to apply as you navigate through this course and beyond with clients, employees, and organizations that are not ready for or are resistant to change. 

Participants will learn strategies to foster effective change. You'll also build on your network of peers as you share real experiences and challenges. This includes discussions designed to challenge your assumptions and to provide specific ways of thinking that you can employ when addressing real-life interactions.

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Live sessions: Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, 2025 3pm-5:30pm PT

Course 3 - Green Chemistry and Chemical Stewardship Online Certificate - Assessment Tools for Safer Chemical Decisions

Explore the principles of green chemistry, an innovative approach for designing safer and more sustainable commercial products and industrial processes. Businesses are facing increasing market and regulatory pressures to use less toxic chemicals in their manufacturing processes and products, and there is a need to develop new solutions and more sustainable substitutes. Learn how to incorporate the principles of green chemistry into product design, material selections, and supply chain decision-making. Examine the connection between chemical toxicity and human health, and assess how these factors influence material and product decision making. Develop a new framework for reducing chemical risks and unintended adverse consequences. Incorporate best practices into your business model that leads to a safer and sustainable approach for the design, use and selection of chemicals.

You will learn the fundamental principles of green chemistry and evaluate frameworks for incorporating chemical toxicity and human health considerations into product design, material selections, and supply chain decision-making.

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Fostering Positive Psychological Capital & Emotional Effectiveness

This course is part of the Authentic Leadership Development series. Click here to learn about the full series.

Fostering Positive Psychological Capital & Emotional Effectiveness

People, and how they feel about their work, can have a very significant impact on how they emotionally engage in the workplace each and every day. 

Today’s safety leaders need to understand stress, and emotions in the workplace in order to design a healthy work environment for the 21st century. This course will provide opportunities to examine, explore, and practice positive approaches for increasing individual and group levels of motivation, inclusivity and emotional effectiveness with the ultimate goal of fostering a safe work environment. 

Past participants have shared the importance of learning about psychological capital, hope, efficacy, resiliency and optimism, as a resource in themselves and in others, in order to prepare the people they lead to effectively cope with stress and to effectively manage their emotions. 

Participants will complete an online self-survey to discover what constitutes their positive psychological strengths and potential areas for development.

to — Online, Instructor Led Enroll Now
Live sessions: Apr 30, May 7, and 14, 2024 3pm-5:30pm PT
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Live sessions: March 11, 18, and 25, 2025 3pm-5:30pm PT

Fundamentals of Occupational Health for Nurses

The course brings together content from an expert line-up of faculty and practicing professionals in an online, on-demand format that includes video lectures, interactive activities and case-based problem solving in order to increase competency of nurses and other healthcare providers with occupational health responsibilities. The program is designed to familiarize practicing nurses with occupational injuries and illnesses and the tools and resources to recognize, diagnose, treat, and report them.

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Health and Safety Solutions in Agriculture: Heat Related Illness Prevention in English

This course is part of the Health and Safety Solutions in Agriculture Community Engagement Online Course Series.  In this course you will learn how heat affects workers and common risk factors for heat related illnesses. You will learn how to recognize different heat related illnesses, how to recognize them, and how they can be treated.  The goal of this course is to improve the awareness of heat-related illness and provide solutions by using the resources in the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Health and Safety Center toolkit.

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Health and Safety Solutions in Agriculture: Heat Related Illness Prevention in Spanish

This course is part of the Health and Safety Solutions in Agriculture Community Engagement Online Course Series.  In this course you will learn how heat affects workers and common risk factors for heat related illnesses. You will learn how to recognize different heat related illnesses, how to recognize them, and how they can be treated.  The goal of this course is to improve the awareness of heat-related illness and provide solutions by using the resources in the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Health and Safety Center toolkit.


Este curso es parte de la serie de cursos en línea de participación comunitaria en soluciones de salud y seguridad en la agricultura. En este curso, aprenderá cómo el calor afecta a los trabajadores y los factores de riesgo comunes de las enfermedades relacionadas con el calor. Aprenderá a reconocer diferentes enfermedades relacionadas con el calor y cómo tratarlas. El objetivo de este curso es adquirir más conciencia respecto a las enfermedades relacionadas con el calor y proporcionar soluciones mediante el uso de los recursos del kit de herramientas del “Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH)”.

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Health and Safety Solutions in Agriculture: Pesticide Safety Solutions in English

This course is part of the Health and Safety Solution in Agriculture Community Engagement Online Course Series. You will be introduced to practical solutions for pesticide exposure and safety solutions, including a review of two pesticide safety solution projects, fluorescent tracer techniques and pesticide drift. Last, you will also be introduced to the Bilingual Pesticide Safety Project. This project is led by members of the PNASH team and will explore two mobile applications within the bilingual pesticide safety project and how you can get involved.

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Health and Safety Solutions in Agriculture: Pesticide Safety Solutions in Spanish

This course is part of the Health and Safety Solution in Agriculture Community Engagement Online Course Series. You will be introduced to practical solutions for pesticide exposure and safety solutions, including a review of two pesticide safety solution projects, fluorescent tracer techniques and pesticide drift. Last, you will also be introduced to the Bilingual Pesticide Safety Project. This project is led by members of the PNASH team and will explore two mobile applications within the bilingual pesticide safety project and how you can get involved.


Este curso es parte de la serie de cursos en línea de participación comunitaria en soluciones de salud y seguridad en la agricultura. Se le presentarán soluciones prácticas para la exposición a pesticidas y soluciones de seguridad, incluida la revisión de dos proyectos de soluciones de seguridad con los pesticidas: la técnica del marcador fluorescente y deriva de pesticidas. Por último, también se le presentará el Proyecto Bilingüe de Seguridad con los Pesticidas, el cual está dirigido por miembros del equipo de PNASH y se explorarán dos aplicaciones móviles y cómo puede usted participar.

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Health and Safety Solutions in Agriculture: Sexual Harassment Prevention in Agriculture in English

This course is part of the Health and Safety Solution in Agriculture Community Engagement Online Course Series. In this course you will learn It's everyone's responsibility to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The toolkit helps everyone understand their roles and responsibilities for preventing harassment by providing education and tools for growers to the supervisors and workers. This course will describe how to maintain a healthy work environment in an agricultural setting. Promoting the dignity and the rights of others is essential to creating and maintaining a positive, healthy, and productive workplace. This course is divided into five key topics and includes case scenarios, interactive activities and videos to help reinforce the core message to show respect for others.

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Health and Safety Solutions in Agriculture: Sexual Harassment Prevention in Agriculture in Spanish

This course is part of the Health and Safety Solution in Agriculture Community Engagement Online Course Series. In this course you will learn It's everyone's responsibility to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The toolkit helps everyone understand their roles and responsibilities for preventing harassment by providing education and tools for growers to the supervisors and workers. This course will describe how to maintain a healthy work environment in an agricultural setting. Promoting the dignity and the rights of others is essential to creating and maintaining a positive, healthy, and productive workplace. This course is divided into five key topics and includes case scenarios, interactive activities and videos to help reinforce the core message to show respect for others.


Este curso es parte de la serie de cursos en línea de participación comunitaria en soluciones de salud y seguridad en la agricultura. En este curso aprenderá que es responsabilidad de todos el prevenir el acoso sexual en el lugar de trabajo. El kit de herramientas ayuda a todos a comprender sus roles y responsabilidades para prevenir el acoso al brindar a los supervisores y trabajadores educación y herramientas para los productores. Este curso describirá cómo mantener un ambiente de trabajo saludable en un entorno agrícola. El promover la dignidad y los derechos de los demás es esencial para crear y mantener un lugar de trabajo positivo, saludable y productivo. Este curso está dividido en cinco temas clave e incluye escenarios de casos, actividades interactivas y videos para ayudar a reforzar el mensaje principal para mostrar respeto a los demás.

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Improving Lab Safety and Reducing Chemical Hazards in the Laboratory Classroom

The laboratory environment has many risks associated with chemical hazards.  Teachers, researchers, staff, and students benefit when an effective chemical management system goes beyond simply complying with local, state, and federal standards.  The laboratory community is seeking new tools and best practices for creating a safe learning environment and workplace.  The goal of this on-demand course is to increase laboratory safety and the use of safer alternatives in teaching and research laboratories.  Teachers can earn 9 clock hours from the Washington Science Teachers Association for completing the course.

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NIOSH-Approved 2-Day Initial Spirometry Training Course

NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training courses offered at the University of Washington (UW) incorporate the most recent American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) spirometry testing procedures and interpretation standards. The ATS is the leading medical professional society in the United States that provides evidence based statements for pulmonary function laboratory standards, testing procedures, and the interpretation of test results. This course is designed for technicians who have never taken the NIOSH Spirometry certification course, or with certificates more than 5 years old. This class is appropriate for novice as well as highly experienced spirometry technicians.
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to — Seattle, WA Enroll Now

NIOSH-Approved Spirometry 1-Day Refresher Training Course

NIOSH-Approved Spirometry training courses offered at the University of Washington (UW) incorporate the most recent American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) spirometry requirements and testing procedures. The ATS is the leading medical professional society in the United States that provides evidence-based statements for pulmonary function laboratory standards, testing procedures, and interpretation of test results.
The 1-day refresher course is designed for experienced spirometry technicians who have completed a NIOSH spirometry certification course within the last five years. Documentation of a valid NIOSH Spirometry certificate is required.
— Seattle, WA Enroll Now

Noise in the Workplace: Employer Obligations and Action Plans

Millions of workers are exposed to noise at work each year. This webinar is designed to help employers in Region 10 to determine whether or not they need to implement a hearing loss prevention program and provide guidance on the program elements. You will learn to estimate the noise levels in your facility without using specialized equipment, where to find hearing loss prevention program templates, and how to select and prioritize noise reduction activities. You will also learn about hearing protectors and noise reduction rating. This course is targeted to small business owners, workers exposed to noise on the job, and staff in charge of safety programs.

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Live webinar 2pm-3pm Pacific Time

Occupational Diseases Online Course (ODOC) Series: Compressive Neuropathies

Series Overview

This mixed-media online series serves as an introduction to a variety of important occupational diseases. The individual 80-100 min units will be rolled out over the next year, and are organized around work-related diseases using public health scenarios and clinical cases.

Compressive Neuropathies Unit:

The goal of this activity is to train regional primary healthcare providers on carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and other compressive neuropathies, including occupational and non-occupational risk factors. The course will cover best practices for the diagnosis, treatment and clinical management of CTS, and it will introduce prevention strategies using the industrial hygiene hierarchy of controls.

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Occupational Medicine Grand Rounds - Chronic Low Back Pain: An Interventional Spine Approach

Occupational and environmental health exposures cause thousands of illnesses and injuries each year. This lecture series addresses the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of disease and injuries related to environmental and occupational exposures encountered by physicians and their colleagues in local, regional, and international settings.

On-Demand, Online Recording of Live Lecture from April 17, 2023

Presenter: Virtaj Singh, MD, Medical Director, Seattle Spine and Sports Medicine; Clinical Faculty, University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

— Online, On-Demand Recording Enroll Now

Occupational Medicine Grand Rounds - Fentanyl in Second-Hand Smoke: Public Health, Exposure Science, and Clinical Perspectives

On-Demand, Online Recording of Live Lecture from November 1, 2023

Presenters:

  • Marissa Baker, PhD, Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), University of Washington

  • Sophia Chiu, MD, MPH, Assistant Director, Occupational Medicine Rotation Program, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

  • Scott Phillips, MD FACP FACMT FAACT, Executive Director/Medical Director, Washington Poison Center

— Online, On-Demand Recording Enroll Now

Occupational Medicine Grand Rounds - Occupational Foot & Ankle Injuries: A Guide to Diagnosis, Imaging, Treatment, and When to Ask for Help

Occupational and environmental health exposures cause thousands of illnesses and injuries each year. This lecture series addresses the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of disease and injuries related to environmental and occupational exposures encountered by physicians and their colleagues in local, regional, and international settings.

May 29, 2024, 6:00-8:00pm Pacific Time

Presenter:

  • Nancy Kadel, MD, Orthopedist, Spine & Sports Medicine

— Webinar Enroll Now
— UW Medicine South Lake Union - E130 A&B Enroll Now

Occupational Medicine Grand Rounds - Short of Breath at Work: Is it an Occupational Disease?

Occupational and environmental health exposures cause thousands of illnesses and injuries each year. This lecture series addresses the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of disease and injuries related to environmental and occupational exposures encountered by physicians and their colleagues in local, regional, and international settings.

March 13, 2024, 6:00-8:00pm Pacific Time

Presenters:

  • Coralynn Sack, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Medicine and Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Epidemiology, University of Washington

  • Bonnie Ronish, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Medicine and Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Occupational & Environmental Clinic at Harborview, University of Washington

— Webinar Enroll Now

Occupational Medicine Grand Rounds - Traumatic Brain Injuries

Occupational and environmental health exposures cause thousands of illnesses and injuries each year. This lecture series addresses the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of disease and injuries related to environmental and occupational exposures encountered by physicians and their colleagues in local, regional, and international settings.

On-Demand, Online Recording of Live Lecture from March 20, 2023

Presenter: Jennifer M Zumsteg, MD, Inpatient - Rehabilitation Medicine (PM&R), Consultant, UW Medicine, Valley Medical Center

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Root Cause Analysis for Incident Investigation - Advanced

This course explores the principles, methods and tools for digging into the root causes of a workplace injury or fatality. The course begins with a basic introduction to the root cause analysis system for incident investigation and continues with a more in-depth look that will include detailed case scenarios and interactive exercises led by a dynamic and engaging instructor.  Course participants will obtain data collection and analysis skills that will equip them to conduct incident investigations and to implement appropriate corrective actions. Health and safety professionals, supervisors and workers with an interest in safety and accident investigation should attend.

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Total Worker Health®: Advancing Well-Being in the Workplace

Course content will include an examination of the Total Worker Health® (TWH) five elements and concepts, an introduction to occupational health psychology and its relevance to safety and TWH, and a discussion of resources and strategies for integrating safety and occupational health into organizations. Interactive activities include large and small breakout group discussion, problem solving based on attendees’ organizational experience, homework and recap on published articles.

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to — Virtual Instructor-led Enroll Now

Transformational Leadership Development

This course is part of the Authentic Leadership Development series. Click here to learn about the full series.

Transformational Leadership Development

This course focuses on three positive styles of leading others and the four components of each style. This course provides the opportunity to explore your thinking, feelings, and actions related to the different leadership capabilities. 

Past participants have shared that understanding the role of these three styles of leading in fostering health and safety outcomes in the workplace has significantly contributed to increasing their effectiveness in leading positive change. 

Participants and their invited colleagues will take a multi-rater survey to discover their strengths and opportunities for development into a more effective leader in operating in health and safety related functions and contexts.

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Live sessions: Mar 26, Apr 2, Apr 9, 2024 3pm-5:30pm PT
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Live sessions: Dec 3, 10, 17, 2024 3pm-5:30pm PT
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