Archive for 2014

Research Interns Supporting Health, Safety and Wellness

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Congratulations to our 2014 Summer Interns!

  How lucky we are to work with such bright, energetic college students each summer. Our 2014 summer interns are no exception! A summer highlight for our staff is the presentation of research posters by each of our summer interns, of which we had 14 this year. Our summer student research awards are three-month paid internships designed to introduce college undergraduate students to various fields of biomedical and occupational health research. All selected students are … Read More

Going for the Double Whammy in Sun Safety Education

Skin cancer is becoming a young person’s disease, with melanoma (the most deadly kind of skin cancer) being the 2nd most common form of cancer for people aged 15-29.[1] What’s more, reducing exposure to the sun is a preventable risk factor that can reduce a person’s risk of getting the disease. But as we know, it’s not easy to get people to permanently change their health behaviors. However, there are many educational strategies that can … Read More

Associated General Contractors National Meeting Held in Portland

Portland was the location of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America national Safety & Health Committee Meeting held July 16-18, 2014, and I was fortunate to be asked to present information about the toxicology of crystalline silica at one of their sessions. The AGC is dedicated to construction safety and health and plays an active role in improving safety and health through participation in the development of regulatory and legislative activity at both the … Read More

Training Young Workers: How-To’s for Employers

We recently heard about two terribly tragic young worker fatalities in Washington and in Calgary. The first, a fifteen-year-old working near a gravel crusher, had held the job for only a month and a half. Although being investigated by Alberta Occupational Safety and Health, a co-worker reported that the victim was operating a piece of heavy equipment when something went wrong. The second fatality, in Washington State, was a nineteen-year-old working as part of a … Read More

Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute and Corrections Meeting Held at Portland State

The Oregon Health Workforce Center (OHWC) presented the first ever National Symposium on Corrections Worker Health last Tuesday (July 15) followed by the Third Annual Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute (July 16-18) at Portland State University with added support from the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (at Oregon Health & Science University). These major national meetings drew in 75-80 people. The Corrections meeting was designed to identify major health problems in Corrections and to … Read More

Congratulations ASSE Columbia-Willamette

Safety and health professionals in Oregon are lucky to have the opportunity to join one of several chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). If you aren’t already a member, you might consider how this association can help you network with others, keep abreast of what’s new in our field, and help strengthen your organization’s health and safety efforts. Oregon ASSE chapters include Columbia-Willamette, including Santiam and St. Helens sections, Cascade (Eugene), and … Read More

Why Use Sunscreen When it is Cloudy?

Most of us are pretty sure we know how to protect ourselves in the sun. Use sunscreen when it’s hot and sunny, try not to get a sunburn, wear a hat, and so on. But we live in Oregon, home of the cloudy day and liquid sunshine. And if it’s cloudy, there’s no reason to bother with all that sun protection business, right? The clouds will protect us? While I’ve heard this from so many … Read More

“Nurture Your Nature” Wins Serious Play Award

Let’s Get Healthy!’s new game about epigenetics has won a 2014 International Serious Play Award silver medal!  The Serious Play Awards honor exceptional examples of corporate, military and education games, as well as games for good.  The “Nurture Your Nature” game has been used to teach epigenetics to middle school students and will be demonstrated at the 2014 Serious Play Conference at the University of Southern California in July.  Play the game! For a full … Read More

Welcome Summer Interns!

June brings us many new faces in the form of sharp and energetic college students. This summer is no exception, and we are pleased to greet our 14 summer interns who will be supporting Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center research. All of the students selected for these paid internships are either Oregon residents or attend Oregon schools. Students will spend three months working alongside researchers and faculty on basic and applied research … Read More

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