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National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

For those who aren’t aware June 2-6, 2014 is the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about a specific safety topic. The purpose of this National campaign is to raise awareness of fall prevention in construction. Falls from elevation continues to be the leading cause of death for construction workers. In 2012 there were 775 construction fatalities recorded and … Read More

Capping Needlestick Injuries

Last week I talked with someone who had just experienced a needlestick injury at work. She was devastated, embarrassed and frightened that it had happened to her. Though she had completed training on bloodborne pathogens, she had never actually been trained to remove the needle from the device she was using. Thankfully for her, she had been vaccinated for Hepatis B, and this week learned that the source blood didn’t carry HIV, or Hep B … Read More

Talking TWH at the WSU School of Nursing

Dr. Kent Anger, Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, presented “What the Research Literature Tells us about Total Worker HealthTM (TWH) and what the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is Doing About It” at the Washington State University (WSU) School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington (pictured right).  The WSU School of Nursing is led by Dean Patricia Butterfield, a CROET (now Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences) ‘graduate’ who also worked on a project with … Read More

Oregon FACE Hires Experienced Safety and Health Professional

  We’d like to introduce Illa Gilbert-Jones, the newest team member at Oregon FACE!  Illa is a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 25 years of experience working in a variety of industries.  She has most recently spent 7 years as a senior safety consultant for SAIF Corporation (Oregon’s largest workers compensation insurance company). We’re very excited about the many talents Illa will bring to the OR-FACE program, but are especially pleased … Read More

A CROETweb Flashback

It’s rather amazing that CROETweb has been around for 17 years! CROETweb even pre-dated Google. And – CROETweb as an early developer – was the place to be when searching for workplace safety and health info, not just because it was informative, but because there were few comprehensive websites addressing workplace safety and health. Fast forward to today and we know that CROETweb is not the only game in town. We strive to continue to … Read More

How you will know if Oregon is bending the health care cost curve?

Dr. John McConnell of OHSU’s Department of Emergency Medicine is the person who leads the evaluation of health care data for Oregon in the affordable care act era. He spoke at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) this week. Oregon is testing a new model of health care delivery named Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) that is funded by a $1.6B grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.  Oregon’s pledge is … Read More

What’s New at the Toxicology Information Center

Fall is the season of change: summer’s heat and dryness yields to cool, foggy dampness as the sun lowers its arc over the horizon. And with the changing weather comes a shift in the types of calls received by our Toxicology Information Center (TIC). As people seal up their homes and workplaces from the cold and wet, we begin to hear more about indoor air quality (IAQ) issues; in particular, ailments associated with stuffy air … Read More

Employment Relationships and Worker Well-being

Today’s (November 15) Symposium, co-sponored by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) and the Portland State University Occupational Health Psychology program, dealt with the changing employment relationship (job loss, downsizing, working under contract) and worker well-being. Speakers addressed the improving employment climate in urbanized areas contrasted with the persistent unemployment in the more rural areas of Oregon, the impact of job insecurity on health and steps to reduce those health effects, relationships … Read More

TWH at American Public Health Association in Boston

The four NIOSH-funded Total Worker Health (TWH) Centers presented a symposium Monday at the American Public Health Association meeting, in Boston (pictured below). The Centers described part of their research programs. The following results were of particular interest: Research showed that worker participation in a TWH process resulted in increased program sustainability, presented by Glorian Sorensen of the Harvard TWH Center Studies indicated that worker participation was necessary for effective integration of TWH, presented by … Read More

Job Stress at NOHC

Dr. Joe Hurrell, Editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, keynoted the final day of the Northwest Occupational Health Conference (NOHC) in Seaside, Oregon, on October 11 (pictured below). Dr. Hurrell’s talk, the topic of the day, was on Job Stress: Causes, Consequences and Interventions.  He reviewed the scientific surveys revealing that one third of all workers report high levels of job stress and that work is the primary source of stress among employed … Read More

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