Archive for 2013

In the News….Again

It was three years ago this month that we began our investigation with Oregon OSHA into complaints by hair stylists related to the use of Brazilian Blowout, a hair straightening product. And we told you in 2011 Let’s Put it to Bed and in 2012 Never Say Never. We really didn’t expect to still be talking about this topic this many years later. However, this week’s news release about a class action suit settlement deserves … Read More

How Digitization, Twitter and Sensors Will Put You in Control of your Health Care

Dr. Eric Topol began his 125th OHSU Anniversary lecture by asking the audience how many were on Twitter and then illustrating why Twitter is an important source of medical information and will only get more so.  One example was that patients with a particular disease now find other patients with the same disease and get their medical information from those patients … who they don’t even know and have never met. Reflecting on his book, … Read More

Workplaces and Eldercare

It’s been about a year since I was immersed in decisions and responsibilities related to my parents’ care. Filling up medication boxes, following up with physicians and hospitals, advocating in rental agreements. I wouldn’t give up any of it, given the choice. In living this – and sharing my experiences with friends and co-workers – I’ve found it to be more common than not, that those around me are facing the same daily phone calls, … Read More

Homecare Workers at Risk

Why the risk? Homecare provides the consumer employer, often the elderly and disabled, in our community with autonomy and independence. But this care may also increase Homecare Worker’s (HCW’s) risk for workplace violence and sexual harassment due to their unique work setting in which: The workplace is the consumer employer’s home – open to their family and friends, and, It is limited and difficult to enforce workplace safety policies in this employer’s home. What are … Read More

Are your Toolbox and Safety Meetings Effective?

As long as we have been tracking analytics for CROETweb, our most popular page has been Safety Toolbox Talks. In fact, the most popular search engine term that brings people to CROETweb is safety talks. As safety and health professionals, and safety leaders, we seek interesting, insightful and new ways to teach and motivate others. And most seasoned safety professionals have learned through experience – keep it simple, keep it relevant, and make it engaging. We … Read More

CROET’s Dr. Steven Shea Honored at Sleep 2013 Meeting

CROET Director, Dr. Steven Shea, was recently honored at the International Sleep 2013 meeting. Dr. Shea has served three years as president of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, and was presented a plaque in appreciation for this dedication and service. Dr. Shea presented details from the 2012 annual report for the foundation, which includes details about grant programs and highlights the work of several grant recipients. Some of the grant awards include physician scientist training … Read More

Sleep Loss Costs US Workers … and Industry’s Bottom Line

The Sleep and Shift Work: Impact on Health, Safety and Productivity Symposium (learn more on Twitter at hashtag #CROETSleep), reported that insomnia costs US industry an estimated $63 billion per year based on a loss of 8 days of productivity per year determined in a survey of nearly 8000 people (published in Sleep, 2011, by Kessler).  Turning to an example of impact on working people, shift workers (who have disturbed sleep) have a 5-fold increased … Read More

Oregon’s Stellar Occupational Safety & Health Conferences

Having just returned from the Blue Mountain Occupational Safety & Health Conference, I am reminded yet again of the terrific value of our regional conferences to Oregon employers and employees. Lest you believe that everything is always happening in Portland, think again! Whether we live in Northwest, Central, Eastern or Southern Oregon – every year we have opportunities to attend top level sessions addressing workplace health, safety and wellness. For those of us working in … Read More

OHSU’s Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness Talks Urgency

The health of the US population has gotten dramatically worse during the last 4-5 decades and reversing that is a matter of the highest priority at a population and personal level. At the top of the list is the health of pregnant women because the entire life of their unborn children is affected by their nutrition while pregnant.  This was the message of Dr. Kent Thornburg, Interim Director of the OHSU’s Moore Institute for Nutrition … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center speaks at Work Stress Health in LA

The Principal Investigators of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center research and translation projects spoke at the Work Stress and Health conference in Los Angeles (CA) in a symposium devoted to their solutions intervention projects on Total Worker Health (TWH). The PIs are shown in the picture answering audience questions after describing their pilot research now largely completed.  They are now conducting their randomized controlled trial studies to evaluate the effectiveness of their solutions interventions. Those … Read More

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