Oregon participates in the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction

The stand down is part of OSHA’s ongoing national Fall Prevention Campaign that began in 2012. This year the Stand-Down coincided with National Construction Industry Safety Week. OR-FACE partnered with the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center, SafeBuild Alliance, AGC Oregon Columbia Chapter, Oregon Home Builders Association, and Oregon OSHA to encourage employers and workers to participate in the Stand-Down. On May 1, 180 individuals attended the SafeBuild Alliance Construction Industry Safety Week kick-off event with … Read More

National safety stand down event coming to Portland

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, with more than 200 deaths and over 10,000 serious injuries each year in the US. In Oregon there were 71 deaths from falls during 2003-2013 and 29 were in construction. The annual weeklong National Safety Stand-Down and Fall Prevention campaign began in 2012. This year, during a two-week period (May 4 -15), leaders are encouraged to set aside time to have open discussions with workers about … Read More

Protecting temporary workers

Forty-six percent of U.S. employers intend to hire temporary workers in 2015 – an even higher rate than hired in 2014. Federal OSHA and NIOSH recently launched an initiative to improve safety for this often vulnerable workforce, with the recognition that temporary workers get hurt and die on the job more frequently than the permanent workforce. This initiative more clearly defines responsibilities for worker safety and health, as illustrated in this quote posted on OSHA’s … Read More

New pesticide fact sheets from ODA

Improper use of pesticides in the home, on the farm, or in a forest can harm people, animals and the environment. The Pesticide and Analytical Response Center (PARC), a program operated by the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Pesticides Division, and the Oregon Health Authority, have collaborated in the production of two fact sheets that explain what to do and who to call if you are concerned about an application or have actually been exposed to … Read More

Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit Draws a Crowd

The Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit is held annually in January, a time when construction activity is low due to the cold, icy and snowy weather. That was not the case in Bend this year, where sunny skies and 60+ degree temperatures have temporarily turned this ski mecca into a mountain biking town. In spite of such nice weather, turnout was exceptional, which shows how important the topic of safety is among the construction trades. Last … Read More

January is National Radon Action Month

Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking in the United States? Each year, lung cancer caused by radon exposure kills about 21,000 Americans. This colorless, odorless and tasteless gas, which comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water, can seep through your home’s foundation and into your breathing space. Testing is the only way to know if your home has elevated levels of … Read More

2014 Western Pulp, Paper, & Forest Products Safety & Health Conference Appears to be Going “Viral”

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences has been attending this conference for many years, and this year, we noticed something extraordinary. A formerly sleepy conference has taken on new energy and is attracting attendees from as far away as South Carolina and surrounding states. And all participants, from health and safety managers to loggers in the field, showed an eagerness to improve safety in their workplaces. Perhaps it is because this conference is one … Read More

Online inventory of fall protection devices

Falls from height continue to be the most common cause of construction worker fatality. This is especially true in residential construction. In the latest Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) update, they announced the online inventory of fall protection equipment. The Fall Protection Resource for New Home Construction website was developed by faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis and supported by CPWR through a NIOSH cooperative agreement. It is a catalogue of fall … Read More

Things are Looking Up for Occupational Health & Safety in Southern Oregon

The annual Southern Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Conference, held October 15-16, 2014, recorded the second largest attendance ever in its 24-year history, reflecting a much-improved economy in the region. Three hundred sixty six attendees, not counting exhibitors and sponsors, were treated to a variety of excellent and timely educational sessions. Keynote speaker Anil Mathur, President and CEO of Alaska Tanker Company (ATC), Portland, set an optimistic mood for the conference. He described how ATC … Read More

AHA Worksite Wellness Summit on TWH a Success

The American Heart Association Worksite Wellness Summit was held yesterday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland where over 300 participants learned about effective tools and techniques for improving health, safety, wellness and wellbeing – Total Worker Health.  Oregon Health & Science’s Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences was the presenting sponsor supporting the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center’s Total Worker HealthTM (TWH) theme, also the Summit’s theme. The Summit was keynoted by Renee Coombs of … Read More

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