Environmental & Occupational Health

How does our natural environment affect our health? To find out, Westat combines our strong environmental knowledge skills, analytical expertise, and data collection resources to identify and analyze environmental challenges.

Project Highlights

Are pesticides a health hazard for farmers?

Despite a lower overall mortality rate than the general population, farmers experience an excess of certain cancers, such as leukemia, myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and cancers of the lip, stomach,...

Examining sexual assault in the military

As part of its efforts to monitor and prevent sexual assault in the military, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) sponsors the Workplace and Gender Relations Survey (WGRS) of...

Examining the risks of diesel fume exposure

Exposure to diesel exhaust increases the risk of lung cancer, studies show, but it isn’t clear how much exhaust is dangerous. Miners come in contact with some of the...

Veterans' exposure to burn pit emissions

At sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military burned its waste in open pits. The smoke contained pollutants that may have short- and long-term health effects in certain cases...