SALT LAKE CITY, April 8, 2019—New research performed at the Worker's Compensation Fund (WCF) Mutual Insurance Company led by investigators at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational Environmental Health, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, finds that adherence to evidence-based medicine guidelines for low back pain (LBP) is associated with faster resolution of symptoms and decreased worker's compensation costs. ... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine
Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) serves as a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-supported education and research center, serving HHS Region 8 (which includes Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado).
Our center is dedicated to protecting workers and their environment through interdisciplinary education, research, and service.
RMCOEH was established in 1977 to meet the need for comprehensive occupational and environmental safety and health programs in the West. RMCOEH became a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-sponsored education and research center (ERC) in 1978.
- Comprehensive occupational safety and health degree programs.
- Continuing education, hazardous substance training, OSHA, and outreach courses.
- Research to improve the safety and health of workers.
- Numerous presentations at regional, national, and international meetings annually.
- Service to over 1,100 Utah, regional, and national companies and government agencies.
RMCOEH is housed in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine within the School of Medicine. RMCOEH also has components and faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering), Department of Economics (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences), Departments of Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (School of Medicine), the School of Business, and College of Mines.
Dr. Matthew Hughes is the 2018 recipient of the Jean Spencer Felton Award for Scientific Writing, an award that is presented annually to a current or past WOEMA member who has contributed significantly to the body of knowledge in the field of occupational and environmental medicine... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine
SALT LAKE CITY, August 22, 2018—The University of Utah’s Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH), the first Statutorily Established Occupational Health Center in the U. S., has won a $8.43 million, 5-year grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to continue training graduate students and conducting research in occupational safety and health.... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine
Donald C. Sinclair, II, J.D. presenting “Epidemiology in the Courtroom: Determination of Causation in Medicolegal Proceedings.
On April 10, 2018, the RMCOEH Occupational Medicine Grand Rounds was held at the WCF, with Donald C. Sinclair, II, J.D. presenting “Epidemiology in the Courtroom: Determination of Causation in Medicolegal Proceedings. Mr. Sinclair holds a J.D. from West Virginia University, and is of Counsel at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Wheeling, WV. Mr. Sinclair concentrates his practice on occupational and environmental litigation in the energy and transportation sectors. ... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine
This April will be Dr. Cheng’s one year anniversary as Rocky Mountain Academy (RMA) for Occupational and Environmental Health President. Here is Dr. Cheng receiving an award for her tenure as president at the annual RMA conference in Denver, CO on April 6, 2017. ... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine
Over a 7-year period, truck drivers’ health worsened considerably compared to that of the general working population, according to a new study by researchers at University of Utah Health. One possible explanation is that the occupation of trucking could be making them sick.... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine