Safety

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

New OR-FACE toolbox talk guides published

Safety communication is an integral part of maintaining an injury prevention culture. Its implementation can be in a variety of methods such as warning labels, safety training and meetings, hazard alerts and informal communications between supervisors, workers, and co-workers. Toolbox talks are short discussions on safety typically facilitated by team leaders. OR-FACE toolbox talk guides are a collaboration of many to influence safe behaviors, sharing real fatal stories and recommendations to prevent similar incidents.  In August OR-FACE published … Read More

Diversity, inclusion and Total Worker Health

We are pleased to announce our fall symposium that will address diversity, inclusion and Total Worker Health. We hope you will join us on Friday, November 18 in Portland as we delve into this topic and supporting research, examine best practices, and imagine how our organizations can move ahead. And as always, you can join us in person or by live webinar. Is it part of our own humanness that we don’t truly understand something … Read More

Oregon Wine Research Institute workshop addresses TWH

Oregon State University’s Oregon Wine Research Institute (OWRI) and LIVE held a workshop at Stoller Family Vineyards on August 4.  Shown below is the initial gathering of the group introduced by Chris Serra of LIVE.  Workshop presentations addressed monitoring vine water stress, managing wildlife with birds of prey and Total Worker Health® (TWH).  Attending were managers and supervisors from vineyards and winemaking facilities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Kent Anger of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center and … Read More

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