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What are you doing for Safety Break?

Has your organization signed up for the May 15, 2015 Oregon Safety Break? It’s not too late to be one of dozens of Oregon employers who plan to do something special to emphasize workplace safety and health. Oregon OSHA coordinates this one-day event, designed to raise awareness and promote the value of workplace safety and health. Need an idea? See this website to learn what other employers plan to do….and share your plans with employees … Read More

OHWC Advisory Committee Meets

Friday the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) External Advisory Committee met on the OHSU campus in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences seminar room. The Committee considered the progress and accomplishments of the OHWC in it’s first 3+ years and its plans for its next grant application for a new 5-year cycle. The committee is pictured below, commenting on the weighty issues surrounding workforce health in Oregon and the US.  The seriousness of the … Read More

National safety stand down event coming to Portland

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, with more than 200 deaths and over 10,000 serious injuries each year in the US. In Oregon there were 71 deaths from falls during 2003-2013 and 29 were in construction. The annual weeklong National Safety Stand-Down and Fall Prevention campaign began in 2012. This year, during a two-week period (May 4 -15), leaders are encouraged to set aside time to have open discussions with workers about … Read More

Protecting temporary workers

Forty-six percent of U.S. employers intend to hire temporary workers in 2015 – an even higher rate than hired in 2014. Federal OSHA and NIOSH recently launched an initiative to improve safety for this often vulnerable workforce, with the recognition that temporary workers get hurt and die on the job more frequently than the permanent workforce. This initiative more clearly defines responsibilities for worker safety and health, as illustrated in this quote posted on OSHA’s … Read More

NIOSH Center Director’s Meeting foretells changes

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) held it’s now annual NIOSH Center Directors meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio (March 19-20). Dr. Eula Bingham (Director of OSHA from 1977-1981), now 85, is pictured addressing the Directors on nanoparticles, and she recalled the Brazilian Blowout problem identified by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon OSHA. But NIOSH continues to change. Attending from the Northwest: Kent, Leslie and Diane Attending from the Northwest … Read More

SAIF agricultural safety seminars

SAIF Corporation is Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company.  For the past 20 years SAIF has been providing free Agricultural Safety Seminars throughout Oregon.  The well-attended 2014-2015 seminar series included 27 training sessions held in 18 cities and eight of the trainings conducted entirely in Spanish. In the summer of 2014, OR FACE met with seminar organizers Kirk Lloyd, Kevin Pfau, and Chuck Easterly to discuss collaboration and intervention based on Oregon agricultural fatality data.  … Read More

Talking about genomics

On Friday March 6, 2015, approximately 170 scientists gathered at OHSU for a symposium on Genomic Instability.  The event was co-sponsored by the Oregon Institute for Occupational Health Sciences, the Knight Cancer Institute, and the Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine. Participants heard ground -breaking research from OHSU researchers including Occupational Health Science’s investigators Drs. Lloyd, McCullough, and Turker.  Each of these presentations focused on the mechanisms through which exposures to chemicals and radiation in occupational … Read More

GOSH 2015: A success

Congratulations to ASSE Columbia Willamette Chapter, Oregon OSHA, and all of the sponsors, exhibitors and presenters of the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference of 2015. What a terrific week it has been. Between the exhibit hall interactions, diverse technical sessions, forklift challenge, O[yes]-sponsored Student Day: wow! The Oregon OSHA Conference Staff has again demonstrated their ability to organize and facilitate a thriving event. So what now? Put into practice some of what you … Read More

Another successful PhD graduate!

Congratulations to newly minted PhD Stacey Lin for successfully defending her graduate thesis, which explored the mechanisms by which a potent liver carcinogen, Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), produces DNA mutations that eventually lead to cancer of the liver. She is interested in the mutagenic spectrum of AFB1 and the ability of cells to bypass and repair genetic damage. The results of Stacey’s work opens new avenues of research that will allow scientists to further probe and understand … Read More

PNASH meets at Oregon Health and Science University

The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center Advisory Committee is meeting at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), pictured below.  PNASH is a NIOSH-funded regional Center that supports research projects and outreach in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. The current PNASH project in Oregon is designed to study stress in agricultural workers and develop and test an intervention to reduce stress in workers. Drs. Diane Rohlman and Kent Anger of OHSU and the … Read More

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