Archive for 2017

National Safety Stand-Down May 8-12, 2017

Falls continue to be the leading cause of death in construction. Between 2003-2013 OSHA reported more than 3,500 deaths resulting from construction falls. In 2015 alone there were 350 fatal falls, out of 937 total construction fatalities. All those deaths were preventable. In response to the overwhelming number of fall-related injuries and fatalities, the Construction Fall Prevention campaign was launched in 2012 by a partnership including OSHA, NIOSH, CPWR, and the NORA Construction Sector Council. … Read More

What are you doing for Safety Break?

As May approaches, we are reminded that Safety Break is nearly here! Oregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, a one-day event designed to raise awareness and promote the value of workplace safety and health. Oregon OSHA, as described on their Safety Break website, encourage organizations to create an event or initiative that best serves their needs and mission. Examples such as recognizing employee safety efforts, educating new employees about your organization’s safety commitment, and supporting safety committees … Read More

Save the date: Women in Trades Career Fair

Looking for a new career? Or helping a daughter or woman you know explore new job possibilities? Make sure you add the Women in Trades Career Fair to your May calendar, and consider it the best local event to learn more about opportunities within the trades. Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI), a Portland, Oregon nonprofit organization, actively supports young women’s exploration of skill trades careers at this annual event. This year celebrates the 25th annual Women … Read More

Catching up with the times: Resource Directory updated

When our Institute, then CROET, first designed our original Resource Directory in 1996, then CROETweb, most of us were just beginning to learn to search and find information on the web. Can you believe that we even taught a class at the Oregon Governor’s Safety Conference on how to search the web? That was before my time here at OHSU, although I do remember the day in the early 1990’s when a few of us … Read More

Oregon educators commit to health and well-being

We applaud OEA Choice Trust on the completion of another successful Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference, attended by 250 or so Oregon educators during spring break. In the midst of the challenges and pressures affecting our educators, the vision of OEA Choice, conference sponsors, presenters and participants is encouraging and powerful. The mission of OEA Choice Trust is to provide expertise and resources to help Oregon public school employees create comprehensive and flexible wellness programs … Read More

OR-FACE posts workplace fatality reenactments

OR-FACE (Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program) was excited to participate in the 2017 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference (GOSH). As in previous years, the event highlighted the passion within the Oregon community of safety and health professionals. Other consistently favorite features of GOSH are networking with partners and attending engaging sessions. This year, Barb Epstien and Illa Gilbert-Jones presented an interactive session highlighting OR-FACE’s mission and purpose, outreach resources, and taking … Read More

2017 O[yes] video finalists announced

It’s another year – and another Oregon Young Employee Safety (O[yes]) Video Contest. After almost a decade of joining a number of organizations as contest sponsors, it’s great to know that young people continue to create new and different messages to motivate their peers to stay safe at work and speak up about safety. This year’s group of finalists includes the following video producers, listed below with their school association: * “Rapaccidents Happen” — Parkrose High School … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center wins GOSH award

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center was recognized along with eight other individuals and groups with an Oregon GOSH award today. Nominated organizations and individuals are Oregon workplaces and safety and health advocates who make extraordinary contributions to workplace safety and health. The OHWC is greatly honored to receive the Safety and Health Advocate Team Award in recognition of our intervention research, successful research partnerships and outcomes, and education and outreach in Total Worker Health®. The Oregon Governor’s … Read More

It’s official: Alliance on Total Worker Health®

Yesterday, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (including the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center), Oregon OSHA and SAIF Corporation signed the first alliance we are aware of to expand the knowledge and application of Total Worker Health® principles by leveraging the strengths of three state-based organizations. What we consider to be unique in this alliance, is forging partnership between Oregon’s state OSHA, Oregon’s not-for-profit, state-chartered workers’ compensation insurance company, and an Oregon-based academic research institute. … Read More

OSHA’s Garnet Cooke wins TPSA award

The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) has presented Garnet Cooke, Pesticide Coordinator, Oregon OSHA, with its award for program excellence during its annual conference in San Diego, California in February, 2017. Garnet Cooke is one of the national leaders in educating regulators, pesticide users and others about the correct respirators to wear when mixing, loading or applying pesticides. Garnet has been the driving force in moving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise respirator statements … Read More

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