Safety

National Pesticide Information Center wins award

Perhaps the best “perk” I receive from working at the Institute is being able to associate with all the wonderful, intelligent and dedicated people here. But I also enjoy a similar reward as Co-Primary Investigator with the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), a project funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and cooperatively administered between Oregon State University and EPA. NPIC is staffed by highly trained and dedicated specialists who provide objective, science-based information … Read More

Industrial hygiene research meets practice in Spokane

Our fall safety & health conference season extended into Washington state at the end of October, when about 120 local and regional occupational health and safety professionals and students gathered in Spokane for the 60th annual Pacific NW Section – American Industrial Hygiene Association (PNS-AIHA) fall conference (a.k.a. NW Occupational Health Conference, or NOHC). Three concurrent technical sessions kept everyone hopping. Exhibit booth time also gave us an opportunity to engage in conversation with dozens … Read More

Fun at the Southern Oregon Safety & Health Conference

The Southern Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Conference, held Oct. 17-19 at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Conference Center, was (as are all Oregon safety & health conferences) educational and fun. So much fun that Dede and I forgot to get photos to show you of our presentation, Fatigue at Work: Causes, Impacts and Solutions. So, you’ll just have to imagine a conference room with about 80 attendees actively engaged in a discussion on the … Read More

Join us: Movie screening of “A Day’s Work”

We invite you to join us at our upcoming public health movie night and screening of A Day’s Work, co-sponsored by our Institute and the OHSU/PSU School of Public Health. Mark your calendar for Wed., November 8 from 4-6 pm at OHSU’s Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB 1A001) to watch this impactful documentary, and join us in discussion with producer Dave DeSario. This free event is open to all faculty, students, staff and community members. RSVP now on Eventbrite. This 2015 documentary … Read More

OR-FACE 2015 annual report published

The Oregon Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) recently published Occupational Fatalities in Oregon Annual Report 2015. OR-FACE annual reports include analysis of the incidents that occurred in the reporting year, with charts for industry, event, age, gender, time, month, and more. These reports also include an abstract of each case. In 2015, OR-FACE recorded 38 fatal occupational incidents resulting in worker deaths. The transportation industry had the highest number of fatalities for the year … Read More

Fall is safety & health conference season

I always look forward to Fall. Leaves turn beautiful colors, early season rains quench our parched forests (and put out forest fires!) and importantly, our safety, health & wellness conference season begins. Oregon OSHA has for many years hosted excellent safety & health conferences throughout Oregon, and this week’s Central Oregon Conference in Bend was no exception. I always have interesting and stimulating conversations with conference attendees and come away feeling more connected to the … Read More

What a summer we’ve had!

August 9th was a festive day here at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. In a room abuzz with nervous excitement, our summer interns stood by their posters, proud to share their summer’s work with Institute staff, friends, and family – all just as excited. Beginning in 1993 and currently directed by Dr. Ryan Olson, the annual Summer Internship Program is an opportunity for students to be mentored by Institute members conducting research in the … Read More

Tell us what you think!

Construction workers, homecare workers and young workers all have high rates of preventable injuries and illnesses. The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) has developed Total Worker Health® toolkits to improve occupational safety, health, and well-being. These toolkits aim to cultivate effective supervision and educate workers on safety practices and healthy habits. Our next step is to disseminate our evidence-based resources. We have created one-page infographics corresponding to each of the four toolkits, SHIP, PUSH, Be … Read More

Paying attention: Using “lessons learned” to be safer

How often do we learn about an accident or near miss, only to recognize that the same incident occurred recently during the same or similar operation? What are our excuses? We are busy. We aren’t paying attention. We have too few people doing the job of too many. We are sleepy. We didn’t think it could happen again. Or…we don’t even realize it because we aren’t tracking what is happening and making the changes necessary … Read More

New OR-FACE toolbox talk guides published

Maintaining an injury prevention culture requires many components, and safety communication is fundamental to that goal. Safety communication can be implemented in a number of ways, including warning labels, safety training and meetings, hazard alerts, and informal, routine communications among supervisors, workers, and co-workers. In OR-FACE’s experience, increasing the level of interaction between supervisors and workers can have a positive influence on safe behaviors. Further, when the interaction is based on actual, relatable events, that … Read More

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