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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

Industrial hygienists flood Seattle

It’s a funny thing when thousands of industrial hygienists embark on a city for the national American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo! Suddenly, a profession that few people still understand, takes over. And as I attended the 2017 AIHce event earlier this month in Seattle, I was reminded how odd it is to see bunches of folks who share our sometimes odd sounding title swarming downtown. For me and many others I know, it is … Read More

Fall hazard training offered in Spanish

We know that falls are the number one cause of injury and death in construction. Perhaps less known, however, is the disproportionate rate of work-related injuries and illnesses that occurs among Latino construction workers. A study by CPWR found that a combination of language barriers, a lack of Spanish language resources, and lack of culturally appropriate Spanish language training contribute to a 30% greater injury and illness rate than that of their fellow construction workers. … Read More

Former Lloyd/McCullough laboratory intern honored

Stuti Garg, a former student intern in the laboratory of Drs. Stephen Lloyd and Amanda McCullough, won an award during the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA. Here is what Stuti said: Hi Dr. McCullough & Dr. Lloyd, This week I had the honor of attending the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). There were about 1800 students competing from over 75 countries, who were the best of their regions. Specialists from … Read More

Occupational health spans the ocean again

I feel lucky to have another opportunity to trade notes with our collaborators from Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS) through OHSU Global Southeast Asia. This week, Karin Drake, an occupational health nurse, and I are in the midst of providing another week of training in Bangkok involving BDMS occupational health nurses, safety staff, and occupational health medicine physicians. As we experienced last year, collaborative learning allows us to share our knowledge and U.S. occupational health … Read More

Symposium recordings have been posted

For those of you who either missed or would like to revisit the talks given at our recent symposium, “Creating a Positive Work Environment for Safety and Health”, webinar recordings are now available here. Enjoy!

Safety as a practice, not just a motto

The last two weeks have been filled with events and initiatives supporting workplace safety and health. We acknowledge all of the organizations, owners, safety and health professionals, and workers who dedicated time and energy to renew their efforts to provide all workers safe and healthy workplaces. We honor: SafeBuild Alliance and the support of the construction community for their sponsorship of the kickoff to Safety Week at the Oregon Forestry Center, and metro-wide proclamations within … Read More

Worker Memorial Day 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

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