Archive for 2012

Health and Safety Webinars for You

As you may know, CROET provides two health and safety symposia every year. We try to be thoughtful as we select our topics  for each of these, to provide a balance between sharing new research on emerging issues along with practical information that you can use in your workplace. What you may not know, is that for the last several years we have been recording and archiving these presentations and they are all available at … Read More

Collaborating in Medford

The Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference was once a well kept secret. In recent years, including this week’s event with 318 registered attendees, it has proved itself to provide a wealth of top notch technical sessions and networking opportunities for health, safety, wellness and environmental professionals. And – although not expecting it – it seems that references to Total Worker Health are popping up everywhere. Today it was in the keynote, provided by … Read More

It’s all about Public Health!

If you’re a public health professional living in Oregon, you are likely aware of the annual Oregon Public Health Association conference. After all, the conference is the largest gathering of Public Health professionals in Oregon! This year’s OPHA conference was held in Corvallis, Oregon on October 8th and 9th. The two-day conference kicked off with a keynote address from Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH of UCLA School of Public Health, who spoke about the impact … Read More

Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center External Advisory Committee

The External Advisory Committee (EAC) of the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center met last Thursday to learn about the research, education and outreach in the Center’s first year.  Pictured and attending are EAC members (from right) Joe Hurrell (formerly of NIOSH, now Editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology), Leda Garside (Tuality Heathcare ¡Salud! Services), Chuck Easterly (SAIF),  John Mohlis (Oregon Building Trades), Noah Sexius (University of Washington) and Mark Cullen (Stanford University). The EAC concluded … Read More

Wellness@Work: An Economic Imperative

Did you know that in Oregon, healthcare costs doubled between 1990 and 2001, and doubled again between 2002 and 2012? Did you know that, since 2000, employment based health insurance premiums have increased by 87%, and have significantly outpaced inflation and workers’ earnings over the last 20 years? These are a few of the statistics cited by Mark Hurliman, Oregon OSHA SHARP and VPP Program Manager, during an educational session he chaired at the recent … Read More

Is This Your Young Worker?

In a previous blog we shared a story about an employer committed to making work safe for its young employees. Sadly, at CROET and O[yes] we have heard other stories from young workers who haven’t been so lucky at work. Below we share words from an 18-year old Oregonian who asked to remain anonymous. Might a young person you know have a similar story? Getting a job is exciting, but it comes with a lot … Read More

Oregon Healthy WorkForce Partner’s Luncheon

The Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center held it’s first annual Partner’s Luncheon in Portland on Friday. Over 125 people attended to hear keynote speaker Larry Chapman of the Chapman Institute in Seattle present “An authoritative look at the ROI of worksite wellness.” He described the evidence basis for the high return on investment (ROI) of workplace wellness programs measured in dollar savings to the organizations. In a conservative meta-analytic review of 22 published, scientifically rigorous studies: … Read More

HazCom: Out with the Old, in with the New

We have been talking about Global Harmonization for such a long time, it seems. And now, as we mentioned in our March 23, 2012 blog (GHS is Here!), with the publishing of Federal OSHA’s final rule HCS/HazCom 2012 in March, the time has come! Federal OSHA modified its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). OSHA concluded that the improved information will … Read More

From Neuroscience to Tumblr

This summer I decided to put on hold my adventures and take an internship at OHSU. My name is Eric Serres, I attend Western Oregon University and I am working to get a major in psychology and a minor in biology. My main area of focus is neuroscience. So, when I applied for a summer research internship at CROET I was expecting traditional laboratory work. Instead I got chosen to help in Diane Rohlman’s lab … Read More

Partners Luncheon – Reserve your spot today

Are you seeking to improve safety, health, and personal wellness in your workplace? Are you a member or employee of a company, union, or government organization in Oregon or a neighboring area? If you answered “yes,” to these questions, we would like to meet you. Please join us at the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center’s 1st Annual Partners Luncheon on September 14, 2012 to be held in Portland at the Red Lion – Jantzen Beach Hotel … Read More

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