Talking about OHSU lab safety

We offer our thanks to OHSU’s Environmental Health and Radiation Safety team for sponsoring last week’s Lab Safety Fair. The event, which took place inside Richard Jones Hall, was a terrific success – and those of us from our Institute appreciate all who gave their time to plan the event and share their knowledge. Thanks also to all of the exhibitors and to Portland Fire and Rescue for bringing their Hazmat truck!      

Safety and craft brewing

Craft brewers have found great success in Oregon, boasting 234 brewing facilities in 72 cities, and employing over 7400 workers. In addition to providing jobs, these companies have donated $2,450,000 back to their communities. But, we wonder – what about safety in these workplaces? As part of this week’s Central Oregon Safety and Health Conference, Deschutes Brewery opened up their doors one evening for safety and health professionals to get a “behind-the-scenes” look at this … Read More

OR-FACE publishes Spanish toolbox talk guides

The first set of construction toolbox talk guides based on Oregon fatalities was published and made available on the OR-FACE website on March 2013. The overarching goal of these toolbox talk guides is to provide supervisors/leaders with documents to increase interaction and positively influence safe behaviors. The format uses evidence-based safety communication principles and real-world (Oregon) relatable events. Since then toolbox talk guides have been created and published for other Oregon high risk industries–logging and … Read More

Have you mapped your neighborhood?

Living here in the Pacific Northwest we are routinely reminded that “the big one” is heading our way. And if you happen to chat with a geologist as often as I, it isn’t about if, but rather when that major earthquake will arrive. That’s not to say that we aren’t also vulnerable to a host of other emergencies: fires, windstorms, power outages and floods. And while you may be prepared in your workplace for such … Read More

NIOSH renews Oregon occupational health grant

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the awards on September 14. The proposal submitted by multiple-principal investigators, Curtis Cude (Oregon Health Authority) and Ryan Olson, PhD (Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences ) to NIOSH for a five-year (2015-2020) grant was fully funded. With this funding there is a new level of partnership. The overarching goal of the partnership that began in 2002 is to provide quality surveillance data and intervention … Read More

Protecting our wildland firefighters

I heard a radio interview earlier this week about the challenges facing those fighting wildfires.  A journalist covering the topic shared her belief that it is inevitable that we will lose firefighters in our race to protect forests, structures and the public. Was I alone, wearing my safety professional hat, to be disturbed by this comment? Many of us have been in the safety business long enough to remember when we heard the same comment … Read More

Oregon Building Trades Council is 75!

Oregon Building Trades Council celebrated it’s 75th anniversary at the Portland Convention Center on August 20-21.  They are the second oldest building trades council in the US, representing about 25,000 construction workers in 30 affiliated local unions and district councils, and 6 regional councils. They celebrated their history with a book (pictured right) that depicts the leaders and activities over the decades, including construction projects Building Trades members have built such as the Tilicum Crossing bridge and the tram at OHSU. … 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

Solutions for a better future for occupational health

Researchers, practitioners, students, and members of the occupational health and safety field got together in Seattle last week at the Future of Occupational Health Symposium, hosted by the University of Washington and organized by the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS). The Symposium was spurred by the changing occupational health landscape, which in a global economy, has moved toward a fragmented workforce consisting of more temporary, contract, immigrant, and vulnerable workers. Adding to … Read More

Pendleton hosts the Blue Mountain health and safety conference

The Pendleton, Oregon Convention Center was the site of the annual Blue Mountain Occupational Safety & Health Conference, held June 1 & 2, 2015. More than 200 participants from diverse industries, including agriculture, corrections, food processing, wood products, energy and more, registered for this conference. A variety of interesting and helpful sessions were available to attendees, who came away with an increased knowledge and enthusiasm for advancing safety and health in the workplace. Keith Bardney, … Read More

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