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Dede Montgomery

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 also provides industrial hygiene support to Institute and OHWC projects, and to 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.

Recent Presentations
Toolkits and Resources in Total Worker Health®, 2017 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference, Portland, OR, March 2017

Introduction to Safety - Careers in Safety, Discover OHSU, Office of Science Education, OHSU, Portland, OR, Spring 2017

Achieving Excellence in Worker Outcomes Through Team Collaboration (Co-Presenter), American Association of Occupational Health Nurses National Conference April 2017

The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling! Building Skills for Communicating Risk Accurately and Effectively in Good Times and Bad, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses National Conference, April 2017

Advanced Occupational Health Course, OHSU Global Health - SE Asia, Bangkok, Thailand, May 2017

Respiratory Protection and Fit-Testing Course, OHSU Global Health - SE Asia, Bangkok, Thailand, May 2017

Using Social Media to Fire up Health Messaging, UW DEOHS Continuing Education, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, June 2017

Social Media for Safety in 4 Easy Steps, Washington Governor's Industrial Safety Conference, Tacoma, WA, September 2017

Putting Total Worker Health into Practice: Essential Elements and Toolkits, Salem, OR, October 2017

Fatigue at Work: Causes, Impacts and Solutions, Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference, Ashland, OR, October 2017

Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry, co-presenter, OccHealthSci Fall Symposium, Portland, OR, November 2017

What Should Your Organization Know About Total Worker Health? co-presenter, telecommunication industry, Portland, OR, March 2018

Oregon's Total Worker Health Alliance, co-presenter, NIOSH Total Worker Health Symposium, Bethesda, MD, May 2018

Sleep and Fatigue, Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference, Pendleton, OR, June 2018

Putting Total Worker Health® into Practice: Essential elements and toolkits, ASSP Safety 2018, San Antonio, TX, June 2018

Oregon's Total Worker Health Alliance Curriculum, NOHC, Bremerton, WA, October 2018

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.


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

    • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)

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.

Memberships and associations

  • American Society of Safety Professionals Council on Professional Affairs (ASSP COPA)
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSP); American Society of Safety Engineers Columbia-Willamette Chapter (ASSE_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 (2018-19)


  • 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)

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