By participating in research projects you can benefit by:
- Improving worker health and safety
- Understanding the nature of workplace exposures and how they can cause harm
- Furthering the knowledge of hazards in your industry
In addition to responding to individual company/worker requests for workplace assessments, the FRCG works with specific industries on longer-term research projects. Examples of these projects include studies of exposures to solvents and noise in autobody repair shops, exposures to wood dust in sawmills, exposures to cobalt and cadmium in sawfiling shops, musculoskeletal problems and other ergonomic exposures in apple packing warehouses, and exposures to pesticides in the Washington State tree fruit industry.
Service consultation and resarch project acceptance criteria
The FRCG conducts pilot projects that come from faculty, professional staff, or students research interests from resarch questions generated from service work, or from research questions from industry or labor groups. the criteria for acceptance of resarch projects are as follows:
- The research project characterizes or evaluates a new workplace health and safety problem.
- The outcome of the research will address an industry-wide problem or question.
- The research will address concerns of small and/or under-served businesses.
- A large number of workers are potentially affected by the exposure or problem.
- The research project offers an opportunity for teaching or students experience.
- The projects offers an opportunity for collaboration with labor organizations and/or industry associations or other occupational health professionals.
- The project offers an opportunity to advance FRCG research interests (interventions evaluation/methods development).
- There are adequate resources available to complete the project in a timely manner.
- The outcome of the project has implications for short and/or long term Washington State health and safety policy development.