Archive for 2014

Coming Your Way in September

September in Oregon is not only a beautiful month, but kicks off a cycle of safety, health and wellness conferences. The fall of 2014 will be no exception, and in fact will be even richer than usual – so mark your calendar! Here at Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU we are a proud sponsor of the American Heart Association’s 5th Annual Worksite Wellness Summit, on September 17th at the Oregon Convention Center. This year’s theme … Read More

Creating New Conversations

Remember back when an occupational safety and health conference was just that? Information about safety and health – respirators, emergencies, forklifts. My, how our conversations have expanded into so much more – chronic disease, sleep problems, stress. Kudos to the planners and sponsors of this week’s successful Cascade Safety and Health Conference in Eugene. Not only did I have the opportunity to co-teach a class addressing Total Worker Health, but we particularly enjoyed the discussions … Read More

Practice Total Worker Health – At Home, At Play, At Work!

OK…..I’ll just say it: I was not thinking (actually, I was being stupid). And the consequences? Three broken ribs and four to eight weeks of painful recovery. We were so close to finishing the six-months-long job of readying my dad’s house for sale. Two thirty-cubic-yard dumpsters of trash, numerous estate sales, uncountable details dealt with, seventy-two years of household accumulations….the excitement was palpable. Then one last detail – clean the pine needles off the roof! … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Partner’s Luncheon – Dissemination

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) Partner’s Luncheon was attended by company presidents, vice presidents, directors, managers, coordinators, administrators, specialists, supervisors and technicians – reflecting the full gamut of the workforce. Just the right group for the topic of the Luncheon: How the OHWC should disseminate best practice safety, health, wellness and well-being tools and program toolkits to businesses and public organizations in a form that they could readily use. The number of registrants in … Read More

Lunch is on us!

‘Tell us your workplace problems, and we’ll give you interventions/solutions’ is the promise of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. One more thing, tell us how to get the interventions to you at our March 20 (11-2:30) Partner’s Luncheon at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion, and you get a free lunch: register here.  How do your qualify to be one of our partners?  You have to work at a company, government organization or union in Oregon … Read More

Creating Messages about Sun Exposure

The Environmental Protection Agency’s SunWise program is teaming up with the SHADE Foundation of America with  their annual Poster Contest.  K-8th grade students are invited to submit original, creative posters illustrating ways to prevent skin cancer and raise sun safety awareness. At least five awareness and prevention tips must be shown on the poster and may include: ·       Using adequate sunscreen, ·       Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, ·       Seeking shade when UV rays are … Read More

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Participates in 2014 OPHA Capitol Visit Day

On February 20, 2014, the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) sponsored Capitol Visit Day, an educational and advocacy event that offered the chance for constituents to meet Oregon’s policy and public health leaders from around the state. Participants learned about public health-related bills that the legislature has been considering during the 2014 session and were offered the opportunity to share their views with leadership in the Oregon Senate and House. This year, the primary focus … Read More

Capping Needlestick Injuries

Last week I talked with someone who had just experienced a needlestick injury at work. She was devastated, embarrassed and frightened that it had happened to her. Though she had completed training on bloodborne pathogens, she had never actually been trained to remove the needle from the device she was using. Thankfully for her, she had been vaccinated for Hepatis B, and this week learned that the source blood didn’t carry HIV, or Hep B … Read More

Talking Safety Comes to Town: A few spaces left

Looking for new ways to connect with youth and younger workers about workplace safety? There’s still space in the February 26 Train-the-Trainer Class on Youth@Work: Talking Safety. This specific session is designed for safety and health professionals, or those with some safety background, and is co-sponsored by O[yes], ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter, SafeBuild Alliance and the Construction Safety Summit as the February ASSE professional development course. The Youth@Work: Talking Safety curriculum was developed by the National … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Advisory Committee Meeting Talks Future Directions

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHSC) External Advisory Committee assessed the 6 interventions (some call these solutions) in Oregon workplaces to improve safety, health, wellness and well-being as ‘impressive’ in that they had been conducted so quickly after funding and had recruited and retained sizable workforce samples (over 750 participants) from construction, corrections, home care, parks and recreation (young) workers, and workers with disabilities.  The OHWC is a NIOSH-funded Total Worker Health Center of Excellence. Are They … Read More

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