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Oh GOSH! Time to register for Oregon GOSH

I’ve said it before, but the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference is one of my most favorite safety events to attend. This conference, the largest safety conference in the Pacific Northwest, is held every other spring in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, this year March 6-9, 2017. Without a doubt – it is the place to be if you are interested in workplace safety and health. The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health … Read More

Updated Letter of Agreement Signed by OR-OSHA and OR-FACE

OR-FACE, the Oregon Fatality and Control Evaluation Program, and Oregon OSHA recently updated their letter of agreement. The agreement facilitates a process for sharing information between the two organizations. This collaboration will help improve the quality and quantity of FACE fatality investigations and investigation reports. In addition, it will enhance the outreach efforts and educational materials produced and disseminated by both organizations aimed at preventing fatal workplace injuries. The updated agreement was signed January 19, … Read More

Inspirational talks about creating change – delivered on your smart phone!

We have some amazing speakers visit us at Occ Health Sci. However, only the select few who brave the OHSU parking scene get to see them! We also have great speakers at our symposia (access recorded webinars here), but want to keep experimenting with new ways to spread great ideas for making positive changes at work. What if we video recorded compelling talks by scientific and business innovators in creating organizational and behavior changes? Well, … Read More

Thanks to Essential Workers everywhere

As this week’s storm brought in amounts of snow and deep cold that Portland hasn’t seen in decades, we’d be remiss not to acknowledge those who braved the snow, ice and cold to show up at work. Folks who helped keep us warm, cared for, and safe. While some of us learned we were effectively “non-essential” employees and advised not to report for duty, in efforts to keep people out of cars and away from … Read More

Happy holidays!

From all of us at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. Enjoy. Relax. Breathe.

Are you prepared?

While we are immersed in challenges related to snow and ice today, Institute faculty and staff prepared for another type of emergency earlier this week. We ensured that we are in fact prepared to respond to cardiac arrest by refreshing our ability to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation. And while most of us have taken such a class before, we received a unique opportunity to learn from an instructor from the Portland Timbers Army CPR team. As … Read More

Weather fails to derail Salem WPS training session

Thursday, December 8th, will enter the record books as the first cold winter storm of 2016 for the Willamette Valley. But that didn’t stop our Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train-the-Trainer team from traveling to Salem for its first ever training event. Our team was made possible by, and consists of personnel from, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon SAIF, Oregon OSHA, OHSU’s Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, and the National Pesticide Information Center housed … Read More

Practicing diversity and inclusion

I met a new friend while grocery shopping the other day: she was on a knee scooter while I was newly “graduated” to one crutch. I struck up a conversation, sharing with her that there was hope in moving ahead. We all learn – whatever our personal trials – the power of sharing with those who may empathize with our challenges. We experience the emotional power of sharing every day in our lives: at work … Read More

Oregon offering Train-the-Trainer events for the Revised Worker Protection Standard

Starting January 2, 2017, agricultural workers and pesticide handlers that work on agricultural establishments must be trained annually about pesticide safety and the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Workers and handlers must be trained before they begin worker/handler tasks, EPA-approved training materials must be used, and trainers must be qualified. Here is where the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, National Pesticide Information Center, OSU extension, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon OSHA and others play a role: many of us … Read More

O[yes] 2017 video contest: win a cash prize!

Another year, another contest:  the annual “Speak up. Work safe.” video contest is now open for submissions. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school. Our Institute joins other Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) contest sponsors to support Oregon high school students’ efforts to share workplace safety and health messages with their peers. Students must create a 90-second … Read More

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