Archive for 2013

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A CROETweb Flashback

It’s rather amazing that CROETweb has been around for 17 years! CROETweb even pre-dated Google. And – CROETweb as an early developer – was the place to be when searching for workplace safety and health info, not just because it was informative, but because there were few comprehensive websites addressing workplace safety and health. Fast forward to today and we know that CROETweb is not the only game in town. We strive to continue to … Read More

How you will know if Oregon is bending the health care cost curve?

Dr. John McConnell of OHSU’s Department of Emergency Medicine is the person who leads the evaluation of health care data for Oregon in the affordable care act era. He spoke at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) this week. Oregon is testing a new model of health care delivery named Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) that is funded by a $1.6B grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.  Oregon’s pledge is … Read More

What’s New at the Toxicology Information Center

Fall is the season of change: summer’s heat and dryness yields to cool, foggy dampness as the sun lowers its arc over the horizon. And with the changing weather comes a shift in the types of calls received by our Toxicology Information Center (TIC). As people seal up their homes and workplaces from the cold and wet, we begin to hear more about indoor air quality (IAQ) issues; in particular, ailments associated with stuffy air … Read More

Climate Change as a Public Health Issue

Many within the public health community are discussing climate change. We see this in communications shared by the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, American Public Health Association, and as recently expressed by Time Magazine in an article Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue. Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division sponsored a well-attended talk this week on How does climate change impact public health? Speakers Kathie Dello from the Oregon Climate Change … Read More

Employment Relationships and Worker Well-being

Today’s (November 15) Symposium, co-sponored by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) and the Portland State University Occupational Health Psychology program, dealt with the changing employment relationship (job loss, downsizing, working under contract) and worker well-being. Speakers addressed the improving employment climate in urbanized areas contrasted with the persistent unemployment in the more rural areas of Oregon, the impact of job insecurity on health and steps to reduce those health effects, relationships … Read More

Today’s Symposium: It’s your lucky day

We are busy here this morning kicking off our fall symposium. Perhaps you meant to to join us and weren’t able to? We invite you – on the spur – to join us by webinar as our guest and at no charge. Simply visit http://ohsu.adobeconnect.com/croet now or later this morning. Sign in as guest (enter your name) and choose “enter.” You will join us live. And if you miss us today, keep in mind the … Read More

Institute Scientists Present at OR OSHA and OR Workers’ Compensation Events

This season of health and safety conferences has been keeping Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences  personnel busy. Recently, Institute director Steve Shea spoke to attendees at Oregon OSHA and Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division conferences on how sleep disruption adversely affects worker health and safety, and Toxicology Information Center Director, Fred Berman, spoke to OR OSHA attendees on the toxicology of acids and bases. Dr. Shea emphasized how sleep and circadian rhythms (the body clock) … Read More

Motivating Others and Giving Back: Step up now for GOSH 2015

At recent industrial hygiene and safety association meetings we have talked about the graying of our profession. As we plan for future events, we challenge ourselves to mentor and enlist others. A phone call or personal conversation can do a lot to encourage someone to try something new and assure them that this is not a closed club! So…what’s up for 2014? Planning for the 2015 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference, for one. … Read More

TWH at American Public Health Association in Boston

The four NIOSH-funded Total Worker Health (TWH) Centers presented a symposium Monday at the American Public Health Association meeting, in Boston (pictured below). The Centers described part of their research programs. The following results were of particular interest: Research showed that worker participation in a TWH process resulted in increased program sustainability, presented by Glorian Sorensen of the Harvard TWH Center Studies indicated that worker participation was necessary for effective integration of TWH, presented by … Read More

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