Worker Health and Safety

Research and education within Worker Health and Safety focuses on prevention of injuries and diseases in the workplace. The University of Florida supports a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health center through the Department of Environmental and Global Health: The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. This center supports the well-being of workers in some of the most dangerous work sectors in the nation: agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Research-to-practice projects focus on surveillance to determine risk factors leading up to injuries or illnesses; addressing heat stress and pesticide exposure outcomes for farm workers, and reducing fatalities and injuries for seafood harvesters challenged with rough environmental conditions and long hours on an unstable work platform.  Faculty from the Department and collaborating institutions in the southeastern US provide public health expertise in support of workers in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Faculty members with expertise and current research initiatives in this area are listed below. Visit their profiles to explore what research our department is doing in Worker Health and Safety.