Health & Safety Committee

The Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety Committee has a strong interest in issues such as environmental health and safety, ergonomic, latex allergy, workplace violence, needlestick injuries, occupational asthma, hazardous drugs and chemicals, health and safety policy, including contract language, and other related issues.

Members of the Committee (2013-2015)

  • Timothy R. Davis, MN, RN
  • Karen R. Bowman, MN, RN, COHN-SC
  • Susan E. Jacobson, RN, CCRN
  • Annie M. Bruck, DNP, MN, RN, COHN-S
  • Joni L. Hensley, BSN, RN, CRN
  • Lynnette K. Vehrs, MN, RN
  • Ann M. Whitley, BSN, RN, CCRN, CSC


  • Promote health and safety through awareness and education among nurses in all settings.
  • Provide advice and recommendations to wsna leadership in the development of policy, coalition partnerships, and research efforts regarding specific health and safety topics.
  • Support opportunities for nurses interested in health and safety issues to network, consult and communicate among peers.
  • Advocate to policymakers and the public about the issues and role of nurses in workplace and environmental health.
  • Respond to emerging occupational and environmental health threats.

Founded in 1908, WSNA is the professional organization representing more than 16,000 registered nurses in Washington State. WSNA effectively advocates for the improvement of health standards and availability of quality health care for all people; promotes high standards for the nursing profession; and advances the professional and economic development of nurses.

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