Archive for 2017

Western States occupational health community gathers in Denver

An engaged group of epidemiologists and other occupational health and public health professionals gathered in Denver last week for the 10th annual Western States Occupational Network (WestON) meeting. The Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program (OR-FACE) and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center made presentations. The mix of “Quick Takes” presentations, panel discussions, and small group breakouts sparked lively discussions and new potential collaborations.  Michael Grabell of ProPublica gave the provocative keynote – The Dismantling of Workers’ … Read More

Fall is safety & health conference season

I always look forward to Fall. Leaves turn beautiful colors, early season rains quench our parched forests (and put out forest fires!) and importantly, our safety, health & wellness conference season begins. Oregon OSHA has for many years hosted excellent safety & health conferences throughout Oregon, and this week’s Central Oregon Conference in Bend was no exception. I always have interesting and stimulating conversations with conference attendees and come away feeling more connected to the … Read More

A Year of Impact: Health impacts safety

Perhaps you’ve seen or used our Health Impacts Safety meeting guides? Health Impacts Safety toolbox and safety meeting guides have been developed to support organizations integrating workplace safety, health, wellness and well-being. Each Total Worker Health™ guide can be downloaded and printed freely. Our Institute and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center are now excited to offer A Year of Impact: a free downloadable PDF including instructions, annual topic calendar, and twelve months of topics (English … Read More

Workplace mental health, fires and hurricanes

It is fitting that our upcoming November 30, 2017 symposium will address mental health in the workplace. While there has long been an awareness of the importance of mental health support within the workforce, it is more recent that many safety and health professionals recognize the direct linkage between our psychological and mental health, and our ability to work safely and be healthy. Our interests in Total Worker Health® and well-being naturally bring us into this discussion, … Read More

Fruits of the eclipse

The eclipse added so much to the morning for those of us at or near the path of totality. It brought coworkers together, many who were encouraged to take some time to go outside and watch the impending darkness. Together we donned eclipse glasses – smiled, shouted, and in some cases cried: amazed by this natural occurrence. Others stayed home in order to avoid the traffic snarls that never really seemed to materialize, and were … Read More

What a summer we’ve had P.S.

And regarding those summer interns: Ever wonder just what it is they are researching? All of us at the Institute and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center congratulate our 2017 summer research interns for presenting posters on the following research topics: Oskar Linde, Portland State University, Stephen Lloyd Lab – Development of fluorescent chimeric DNA repair enzymes for detection of DNA damage. Lydia Lutsyshyna, Reed College, Matt Buter Lab – The Development Consequences of Mis-timed Feedings. … Read More

What a summer we’ve had!

August 9th was a festive day here at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. In a room abuzz with nervous excitement, our summer interns stood by their posters, proud to share their summer’s work with Institute staff, friends, and family – all just as excited. Beginning in 1993 and currently directed by Dr. Ryan Olson, the annual Summer Internship Program is an opportunity for students to be mentored by Institute members conducting research in the … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Toolkits

Research studies that began in 2011 at the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) have resulted in four toolkits that we are eager to disseminate to workplaces! The toolkits, “SHIP”, “PUSH”, “Be Super!”, and “COMPASS” are for supervisors, young workers, construction workers, and homecare workers respectively. These evidence-based toolkits, described below, are designed to share our intervention findings in a practical manner so to promote occupational safety, health and well-being within the workplace. Safety & Health … Read More

Industrial hygiene and green chemistry

I didn’t realize when I went to meet with Teni Adewumi-Gunn the other day that I was about to meet a rock star. Well, a rock star of sorts in our line of work and among newer industrial hygienists! I knew that I was going to meet with a SAIF Corporation summer industrial hygiene intern to trade notes about green chemistry resources and needs in Oregon. I was in for a big treat to be … Read More

Tell us what you think!

Construction workers, homecare workers and young workers all have high rates of preventable injuries and illnesses. The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) has developed Total Worker Health® toolkits to improve occupational safety, health, and well-being. These toolkits aim to cultivate effective supervision and educate workers on safety practices and healthy habits. Our next step is to disseminate our evidence-based resources. We have created one-page infographics corresponding to each of the four toolkits, SHIP, PUSH, Be … Read More

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