Role of the safety professional in a changing work environment

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences staff Dede Montgomery and Illa Gilbert-Jones along with Mark Frisco, Regional Field Safety Specialist for True Blue, Inc one of the largest staffing agencies, presented at the ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter November meeting. The presentation was a follow-up to our Spring symposium, “Temporary and Contingent Worker Safety and Health: Best Practices, Challenges and Solutions,” held on May 28, 2015. The ASSE presentation included emerging concepts such as worker well-being, total … Read More

One stop shopping

The best thing about exhibiting at events is interacting with our stakeholders. We learn a lot about organizations doing great things towards workplace safety, health, wellness and well-being. And this week’s Oregon Workers’ Compensation Conference in Salem is no exception. Today I reconnected with the safety manager of Mountain Rose Herbs, a supplier of traditional medicine herbs and spices with 200 employees based in Eugene. Rick Pasley is responsible for safety and wellness at Mountain … Read More

What do you know about diet and chronic disease?

We are pleased to be a supporter of the upcoming Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference: Exploring the science behind plant-based nutrition. This full day conference will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Portland’s Oregon Convention Center. The Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference is an opportunity to find out the latest information on plant-based diets with respect to clinical nutrition, the effects of diet on chronic disease prevention and control, and on designing an … Read More

Occ Health Sci tackles outreach

Basic and applied scientists, information specialists, research staff and practitioners focused today on ways to grow and improve outreach at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. Pictured is Institute Director Dr. Steve Shea describing the Institute research programs. And Dede Montgomery (pictured left) talked about ways to engage with our stakeholders through outreach channels (like all the Oregon OSHA conferences attended by Dede Montgomery, Fred Berman, Anjali Rameshbabu and others). Occ Health Sci is … Read More

Talking about OHSU lab safety

We offer our thanks to OHSU’s Environmental Health and Radiation Safety team for sponsoring last week’s Lab Safety Fair. The event, which took place inside Richard Jones Hall, was a terrific success – and those of us from our Institute appreciate all who gave their time to plan the event and share their knowledge. Thanks also to all of the exhibitors and to Portland Fire and Rescue for bringing their Hazmat truck!      

Safety and craft brewing

Craft brewers have found great success in Oregon, boasting 234 brewing facilities in 72 cities, and employing over 7400 workers. In addition to providing jobs, these companies have donated $2,450,000 back to their communities. But, we wonder – what about safety in these workplaces? As part of this week’s Central Oregon Safety and Health Conference, Deschutes Brewery opened up their doors one evening for safety and health professionals to get a “behind-the-scenes” look at this … Read More

WestON brings news and humor

The 8th WestON (Western States Occupational Network) meeting in Denver (9/17-18) brought us important news, new ways of thinking … and humor.  NIOSH Director John Howard’s (below) appointment has been renewed for 6 more years.  Responding to a question about his reasons for staying at NIOSH, he said that he wanted to be sure there was continuity during the Executive Branch change in 2016 – many recognize that he has brought visionary and strong leadership to NIOSH. … Read More

PDX Wellness inspires

“Wellness is something we do with and for people. It isn’t something we do to them,” shared WELCOA’s Ryan Picarella, the keynote at this week’s American Heart Association’s Worksite Wellness Summit. He reminded us that it is really all about living happier, fuller lives. So often we talk clinically: the need to lower blood pressure – lose weight – eat vegetables. Isn’t it really about feeling better every day? Perhaps living long enough to know … Read More

Oregon Building Trades Council is 75!

Oregon Building Trades Council celebrated it’s 75th anniversary at the Portland Convention Center on August 20-21.  They are the second oldest building trades council in the US, representing about 25,000 construction workers in 30 affiliated local unions and district councils, and 6 regional councils. They celebrated their history with a book (pictured right) that depicts the leaders and activities over the decades, including construction projects Building Trades members have built such as the Tilicum Crossing bridge and the tram at OHSU. … Read More

2015 Summer research poster presentation

Congratulations to our eleven research interns, who presented the results of their work in a poster session. Summer Student Research Awards are three-month paid summer internships designed to introduce undergraduate students to biomedical and occupational health research across a range of basic and applied research areas. Whether studying molecules, cells, organ systems, non-human organisms, or out gathering data in the community, our students gained valuable experience conducting projects aligned with their host faculty member’s research program. The … Read More

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