Safety

NIOSH, OSHA and Temporary Workers

Temporary workers often lack consistent workplace safety protections.  This has been discussed at a recent Occupational Health Sciences symposium, as well as at Oregon Construction Advisory Committee meetings. This week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute of Occupational Health Sciences released recommendations for host employers to better protect this group of workers. Upon the launching of OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative last year, OSHA received reports and investigated cases of temporary workers … Read More

Training Young Workers: How-To’s for Employers

We recently heard about two terribly tragic young worker fatalities in Washington and in Calgary. The first, a fifteen-year-old working near a gravel crusher, had held the job for only a month and a half. Although being investigated by Alberta Occupational Safety and Health, a co-worker reported that the victim was operating a piece of heavy equipment when something went wrong. The second fatality, in Washington State, was a nineteen-year-old working as part of a … Read More

Moving Workplace Safety Ahead by Looking Back

Thanks to OHSU staff and visitors who joined us today for our Occupational Health Sciences Safety Break Seminar: From Fur-Trapping to High Tech: The evolving Oregon workplace and its impact on workforce safety and health. We enjoyed the opportunity to share early Oregon workplace photos while we acknowledged the great strides we’ve made in protecting workers tempered by the reminders of the many challenges ahead. We were pleased to have staff join us from OHSU’s … Read More

Making a Difference

It seemed strange, at first, to jump from the joys and celebrations of the O[yes]video contest screening, to the sadness of Worker Memorial Day two days later. And yesterday was truly a day of mourning as we recognized the 46 Oregonians who died at work or at war in 2013. There is nothing we can do to bring them back, and we feel for their families and co-workers. We can, however, strengthen our efforts to … Read More

Worker Memorial Day 2014

From Fur-Trapping to High Tech: Celebrating Oregon Safety Break 2014

What are you planning for Oregon Safety Break on Wed., May 14, 2014? If your organization isn’t already listed as a Participating Employer, it’s not too late. Join worksites across Oregon and honor safety leaders, hold a training, or start a conversation about safety and health. Here at OHSU’s Occupational Health Sciences, we are eager to sponsor our noon seminar with a special nod towards this day as we present: From Fur-Trapping to High Tech: … Read More

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

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