Dede Montgomery

  • Practice Lead - Training, Education and Partnerships
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist


Dede supports the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Science's Outreach and Education Programs and provides industrial hygiene technical expertise to its research.  She is also the Outreach and Education Director for the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center.  Her key outreach responsibilities include connecting with stakeholders through: state-wide, regional and national conferences, instructing on occupational health, safety and Total Worker Health, creating continuing education opportunities, participating in coalitions and initiatives, managing social media blogs and websites, and supporting the Toxicology and Occupational Health Information Center. Dede provides industrial hygiene support to Institute and OHWC projects, and previously supported the OHSU Global Southeast Asia. Her goal is to make Occupational Health Science's research and resources highly visible, relevant and valuable to employers, workers and health and safety professionals. 

Ms. Montgomery received her MS from the School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Washington and her BA in Biology from the University of Montana. She was certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene in 1990. Before joining OHSU in 2004 she held positions with a Portland-based industrial hygiene and training consulting firm and as the Regional Health and Safety Manager for EPA Region 10 in Seattle. Ms. Montgomery previously served as External Advisory Committee Chair for the NIOSH- funded ERC at the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. She is frequently requested to present regionally and nationally on topics related to occupational safety and health, Total Worker Health, and young worker safety.

Highlighted 2022 Presentations

What does Total Worker Health® have to do with Industrial Hygiene (Keynote, Occupational Health & Safety Magazine.)

Total Worker Health 101: The Basics

Total Worker Health 101 Train the Trainer Course

Total Worker Health full day PDC, American Industrial Hygiene Conference, Nashville, TN 

Sleep, Fatigue and Total Worker Health

Compassion Fatigue: Work, productivity, life and health 

Safety for Young Workers: Tips and resources

Journaling for Well-Being

Education and training

    • B.A., 1983, University of Montana, School of Biological Sciences
    • M.S., 1986, University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Certifications

    • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)

Memberships and associations:

  • American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP); ASSP Columbia-Willamette Chapter (ASSP-CWC)
  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
  • Board Chair, Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes])
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association Pacific Northwest Chapter (AIHA-PNS)
  • American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Total Worker Health Task Force (2018-20)
  • Past President, Columbia-Willamette Chapter American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) (2019-2020)

Areas of interest

  • Total Worker Health interventions and dissemination
  • Risk communication
  • Precarious and vulnerable worker protection
  • Young worker safety and health
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Speaking engagements on occupational safety and health and Total Worker Health.

Honors and awards

  • 2010-2011 Safety Professional of the Year by the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers.
  • 2018 Distinguished Industrial Hygienist by the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
  • 2022 Region 1 Safety Profession of the Year, American Society of Safety Professionals


Selected publications

  • Identifying Health and Safety Concerns in Southeast Asian Immigrant Nail Salon Workers.  White H, Khan K, Lau C, Leung H, Montgomery D, Rohlman DS. Arch Environ Occup Health. 2015;70(4):196-203. doi: 10.1080/19338244.2013.853644.PMID:25965322
  • Effectiveness of Total Worker Health Interventions. Anger WK, Elliot DL, Bodner T, Olson R, Rohlman DS, Truxillo DM, Kuehl KS, Hammer LB, Montgomery D. J Occup Health Psychol. 2015 Apr;20(2):226-47. doi: 10.1037/a0038340. Epub 2014 Dec 22.PMID:25528687
  • Characterizing the Needs of a Young Working Population: Making the case for Total Worker Health in an emerging workforce. Rohlman DS, Parish M, Elliot DL, Montgomery D, Hanson G. J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Dec;55(12 Suppl):S69-72. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000039.
  • Hair, Formaldehyde, and Industrial Hygiene, NIOSH Science Blog Montgomery, Dede. February 10th, 2012
  • My Music Man, memoir, Bedazzled Ink Press, October 2017, ISBN-10: 1945805412 ISBN-13: 978-1945805417
  • Beyond the Ripples, novel, Bedazzled Ink Press, May 2019, ISBN 978-1-945805-96-7 (pb)
  • The Journey to "Be Well: Implementing Total Worker Health in Eugene, Oregon Liz Hill, Dede Montgomery, and Randi Bowers-Payne American Industrial Hygiene Association Synergist, October 2019
  • Oregon's Total Worker Health Alliance Dede Montgomery, Michael Wood, and Liz Hill American Society of Safety Professionals Professional Safety, November 2019


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