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Institute postdoc researcher earns investigator award

Saurabh S. Thosar, Ph.D, a postdoctoral researcher at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences has been awarded the Early Clinical Investigator Award from the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon. Adverse cardiovascular events such as heart attacks occur most commonly during the early morning hours in the general population. This is also the time when the diurnal rhythm in vascular reactivity is at its lowest point. The goal of this newly funded study is to … Read More

Occupational Health Sciences Director awarded 2.5M grant

Steven A. Shea, Ph.D., Director, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and colleagues were awarded $2.5M from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the role of the internal body clock on cardiovascular risk. Adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and sudden cardiac death occur most commonly, on average, at about 9 AM in the general population, but most frequently at around 3 AM in people with obstructive sleep apnea. The goal of … Read More

Let’s avoid getting stressed over heat

OK – now that the extremely hot weather has (temporarily) passed, let’s not let our guard down about heat-related illness. Many workers do not have the option of getting out of the sun during the hottest time of the day, and it is important to remember that the best way to prevent heat-related illness is to keep workers cool and hydrated throughout the day. There are many risk factors that can affect a worker’s heat … Read More

Occupational safety and health broadens purview

Three meetings in June (2015) reveal that occupational safety and health has broadened it’s purview. Diseases or disease risk factors that are substantially affected by our lifestyle, and increasingly recognized as affected by our by occupation, are now on everybody’s mind; 5 years ago they were often not part of the conversation. At the 31st International Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH) in Seoul Korea (June 1-5) we learned that by 2020 the World Health Organization … Read More

VA changes policy on Agent Orange-exposed AF Reserve veterans.

During the Vietnam war, approximately 20 million gallons of herbicides, including about 10.5 million gallons of dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange, were sprayed in South Vietnam to deprive the Viet Cong of food as well as jungle cover. The 30-40 Fairchild C-123 aircraft used in this operation were subsequently returned to the United States and reassigned, without proper decontamination, to Air Force Reserve units for use in transport and aeromedical operations. Between 1972 and 1981, as many … Read More

Total Worker Health at ICOH in Seoul

The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), the oldest society supporting Occupational Safety and Health in the world (formed 1906) met for the 31st time (triennial meetings) in Seoul Korea, sponsored locally by KOSHA, the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency. ICOH has members in over 90 countries, most represented by the 1800 participants in the June, 2015 meeting. Below is a picture from the opening ceremony from last week (May 31-June 5). A powerful series … 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

New pesticide fact sheets from ODA

Improper use of pesticides in the home, on the farm, or in a forest can harm people, animals and the environment. The Pesticide and Analytical Response Center (PARC), a program operated by the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Pesticides Division, and the Oregon Health Authority, have collaborated in the production of two fact sheets that explain what to do and who to call if you are concerned about an application or have actually been exposed to … 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

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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