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What are you doing for Safety Break?

As May approaches, we are reminded that Safety Break is nearly here! Oregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, a one-day event designed to raise awareness and promote the value of workplace safety and health. Oregon OSHA, as described on their Safety Break website, encourage organizations to create an event or initiative that best serves their needs and mission. Examples such as recognizing employee safety efforts, educating new employees about your organization’s safety commitment, and supporting safety committees … Read More

Catching up with the times: Resource Directory updated

When our Institute, then CROET, first designed our original Resource Directory in 1996, then CROETweb, most of us were just beginning to learn to search and find information on the web. Can you believe that we even taught a class at the Oregon Governor’s Safety Conference on how to search the web? That was before my time here at OHSU, although I do remember the day in the early 1990’s when a few of us … Read More

2017 O[yes] video finalists announced

It’s another year – and another Oregon Young Employee Safety (O[yes]) Video Contest. After almost a decade of joining a number of organizations as contest sponsors, it’s great to know that young people continue to create new and different messages to motivate their peers to stay safe at work and speak up about safety. This year’s group of finalists includes the following video producers, listed below with their school association: * “Rapaccidents Happen” — Parkrose High School … Read More

Oh GOSH! Time to register for Oregon GOSH

I’ve said it before, but the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference is one of my most favorite safety events to attend. This conference, the largest safety conference in the Pacific Northwest, is held every other spring in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, this year March 6-9, 2017. Without a doubt – it is the place to be if you are interested in workplace safety and health. The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health … Read More

Thanks to Essential Workers everywhere

As this week’s storm brought in amounts of snow and deep cold that Portland hasn’t seen in decades, we’d be remiss not to acknowledge those who braved the snow, ice and cold to show up at work. Folks who helped keep us warm, cared for, and safe. While some of us learned we were effectively “non-essential” employees and advised not to report for duty, in efforts to keep people out of cars and away from … Read More

Weather fails to derail Salem WPS training session

Thursday, December 8th, will enter the record books as the first cold winter storm of 2016 for the Willamette Valley. But that didn’t stop our Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train-the-Trainer team from traveling to Salem for its first ever training event. Our team was made possible by, and consists of personnel from, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon SAIF, Oregon OSHA, OHSU’s Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, and the National Pesticide Information Center housed … Read More

Oregon offering Train-the-Trainer events for the Revised Worker Protection Standard

Starting January 2, 2017, agricultural workers and pesticide handlers that work on agricultural establishments must be trained annually about pesticide safety and the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Workers and handlers must be trained before they begin worker/handler tasks, EPA-approved training materials must be used, and trainers must be qualified. Here is where the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, National Pesticide Information Center, OSU extension, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon OSHA and others play a role: many of us … Read More

Hello research, meet practice

Have you ever thought that science and practice don’t talk enough? As we develop and disseminate our evidence-based Total Worker Health interventions at the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, it’s important to understand the steps organizations are currently taking toward healthier workforces. OHWC Center Manager, Anjali Rameshbabu attended the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) 2016 Forum last month. Geared toward sharing best practices in workplace health and well-being, HERO provides a common ground for researchers and … Read More

2014 OR-FACE Annual Report published

The Oregon Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) published Occupational Fatalities in Oregon Annual Report 2014. OR-FACE annual reports include analysis of the incidents with charts for industry, event, age, gender, time, month and more. These reports also include an abstract of each case. In 2014, OR-FACE recorded 59 fatal occupational incidents and 62 worker deaths. The forestry/logging industry had the highest number of fatalities for the year with transportation following in a close second. … Read More

“A Day’s Work” to show at NOHC in Portland

This year’s Joint Session of the Northwest Occupational Health Conference will include a special showing of A Day’s Work, followed by a panel discussion. This tragic documentary reminds us just how dangerous work – even a first day of work – can be: “90 minutes before he was killed on his first day of work as a temporary employee, 21-year-old Day Davis texted a picture of himself to his girlfriend, excited for their future. Now … Read More

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