Archive for 2014

Look Who is Standing Now

Occupational Health Sciences prioritized the installation of sit-stand work stations for our employees this past year. And as organizations have learned, we had to plan ahead to budget for this process. Arranging standing options for desk-bound work was an important priority for our overall health and safety – we have closely followed and in some cases added to the research demonstrating the importance of standing and moving during the work day. Here’s some of what … Read More

OR-FACE Collaborates with Associated Oregon Loggers

According to the Associated Oregon Loggers (AOL), Oregon has 30 million acres of forestland and AOL represents over 1000 member companies statewide that are involved in the harvest and sustainable forest management. This year AOL invited OR-FACE to present at their annual safety conference held on Saturday, November 8, in Eugene, OR. The forestry/logging industry each year has consistently had high numbers of occupational fatalities.  Since 2003 there have been 91 cases and is second only to … Read More

Calling all AEDs

You likely know the location of any automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that may be placed in your work facility. But do you happen to know where other AEDs are located in the greater Portland and Vancouver areas? The Portland Metro HeartMap Challenge is a month-long community scavenger hunt encouraging citizens to map AEDs in the four metro area counties – Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties in Oregon and Clark County in Washington. This challenge is … Read More

Social Support, Mindfulness and Workplace Health

Our fall symposium, Healthy Workplace Solutions, introduced evidence and new ideas for improving workplace wellbeing and health. Dr. Lois Hetrick reminded us the burden that stress plays in most of our lives, identifying top worker stressors as  low salaries, lack of opportunity for job growth, job insecurity, uncertain job expectations and long hours. She pointed out that organizational level interventions – which can be so effective – are still relatively rare. Dr. Joel Bennett shared … Read More

Investigating the effects of sleep disturbance on the health of space travellers.

We all know that adequate sleep is a necessity for good health and that exposure to chronic abnormal sleep cycles, such as that experienced by shift workers, can lead to a variety of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Now, consider the challenges that space travel poses for maintaining normal sleep. For example, astronauts on the International Space Station, instead of experiencing a 24-hour solar day, complete one solar cycle every 90 minutes! Such … Read More

Cancer Prevention Grants for Oregon’s OSH Community

The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is offering new grants through their Community Partnership Program to aid communities statewide in better understanding and addressing their cancer-related needs.  So the grants can be applied to learning about a type of cancer in the community or to interventions to prevent cancers.  A simple intervention might be to publicize the need to stop smoking in an occupational population that has a high percentage … Read More

Register Now for Healthy Workplace Solutions

Join us on Friday, Nov. 7 to discuss Healthy Workplace Solutions: From Research to Practice. Our annual fall symposium is co-presented by Portland State University’s Occupational Health Psychology Program, the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center and Occupational Health Sciences. Top notch presenters and talks include: Overview of Organizational Interventions by Lois, Tetrick, Ph.D., Director, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Program, George Mason University. The Healthy Workplace Model: Evidence-Based Tools for Teams, Leaders, and a Resilient Climate by … Read More

2015 O[yes] Video Contest Kick Off

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) announces the 2015 high school safety video contest. The theme?  Speak up. Work safe. Work shouldn’t cost you your future. While we know many students don’t begin creating their videos until closer to the Feb. 2, 2015 deadline, it’s a great opportunity for educators, parents and employers to strategize about engaging students in this discussion. See the press release. The contest is organized by O[yes] and sponsored by … Read More

Things are Looking Up for Occupational Health & Safety in Southern Oregon

The annual Southern Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Conference, held October 15-16, 2014, recorded the second largest attendance ever in its 24-year history, reflecting a much-improved economy in the region. Three hundred sixty six attendees, not counting exhibitors and sponsors, were treated to a variety of excellent and timely educational sessions. Keynote speaker Anil Mathur, President and CEO of Alaska Tanker Company (ATC), Portland, set an optimistic mood for the conference. He described how ATC … Read More

Infection Control & Staying Healthy

The current Ebola crisis in Africa is tragic. The resources, education and tools needed to effectively address this health challenge feels overwhelming and will take a huge, united effort to address. At the same time, it is critical that we continue to remind ourselves about the importance of infection control and proper use of personal protective equipment in all that we do. For most of us in Oregon, the upcoming multitude of seasonal viruses are … Read More

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