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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

Happy Halloween at APHA!

If you happen to be attending this week’s American Public Health Association meeting in Denver, stop by and see us! While we don’t promise chocolate, we’re happy to share research, resources and toolkits from the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health” is the theme of APHA 2016, the largest public health gathering of the year. Find us in the exhibit … Read More

NOHC short course focuses on sleep and shiftwork

The 2016 Northwest Occupational Health Conference (NOHC) short course on “Health and Safety in the 24/7 Economy” drew industrial hygienists from around the region today at the Sheraton Portland Airport. Our Institute was pleased to provide four faculty members and researchers to present their knowledge and research as part of the event. NOHC is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Today’s short course included the Peter Breysse keynote lecture, … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Partners’ Luncheon

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) held it’s Partners’ Luncheon on Monday to thank our research and outreach partners from the first cycle (2011-2016) and our new partners for the 2016-2021 cycle. Partners from 2011-2016 learned what had been accomplished in the outreach and the four research projects, and learned about others in their research project (many for the first time) and about the other research projects and outreach going on at the Center.  The Partners, … Read More

John Mohlis retires from OR Building Trades

John Mohlis’ retirement celebration was held at Edgefield (Troutdale, OR) last evening, August 23. John has been the Executive Secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council that represents approximately 25,000 construction workers in 21 member unions for well over a decade. John (pictured in the blue shirt, below) has been a strong voice for labor over his many years as Executive Secretary and most importantly has been strong voice for collaboration among labor, management, … Read More

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