Safety

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

Practice Total Worker Health – At Home, At Play, At Work!

OK…..I’ll just say it: I was not thinking (actually, I was being stupid). And the consequences? Three broken ribs and four to eight weeks of painful recovery. We were so close to finishing the six-months-long job of readying my dad’s house for sale. Two thirty-cubic-yard dumpsters of trash, numerous estate sales, uncountable details dealt with, seventy-two years of household accumulations….the excitement was palpable. Then one last detail – clean the pine needles off the roof! … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Partner’s Luncheon – Dissemination

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) Partner’s Luncheon was attended by company presidents, vice presidents, directors, managers, coordinators, administrators, specialists, supervisors and technicians – reflecting the full gamut of the workforce. Just the right group for the topic of the Luncheon: How the OHWC should disseminate best practice safety, health, wellness and well-being tools and program toolkits to businesses and public organizations in a form that they could readily use. The number of registrants in … 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 Safety Comes to Town: A few spaces left

Looking for new ways to connect with youth and younger workers about workplace safety? There’s still space in the February 26 Train-the-Trainer Class on Youth@Work: Talking Safety. This specific session is designed for safety and health professionals, or those with some safety background, and is co-sponsored by O[yes], ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter, SafeBuild Alliance and the Construction Safety Summit as the February ASSE professional development course. The Youth@Work: Talking Safety curriculum was developed by the National … Read More

Just How Vulnerable are New Employees?

Yesterday during Oregon’s Construction Advisory Committee Meeting, we spent some time discussing a construction-related fatality that happened earlier this week in Seattle. While all workplace fatalities are unsettling and tragic – one point that was ever so striking was the report that the worker who died was on his first day at work. Those of us in the safety field have heard statistics demonstrating the higher risk of getting hurt within the first six months … 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

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

Motivating Others and Giving Back: Step up now for GOSH 2015

At recent industrial hygiene and safety association meetings we have talked about the graying of our profession. As we plan for future events, we challenge ourselves to mentor and enlist others. A phone call or personal conversation can do a lot to encourage someone to try something new and assure them that this is not a closed club! So…what’s up for 2014? Planning for the 2015 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference, for one. … Read More

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Holds Science Retreat

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) faculty held a Science Retreat on Wednesday, October 30, to discuss their mission and research themes, and to learn from the OHSU Foundation about ways that the Institute can gain philanthropic support. Led by Director Steve Shea, PhD, the Retreat began with a discussion about why we are committing our careers to occupational health and safety.  Why do we do what we do.  Faculty conducting basic … Read More

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