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NIOSH Centers meet … without NIOSH

The first annual meeting of the leaders of all the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) extramural Centers occurred in Denver on October 3-4, at the University of Colorado.  This included the Directors and Associate Directors of the three types of Centers: 17 Education and Research Centers (one at the University of Washington in Seattle) 9 Agricultural Safety and Health Centers (one at the University of Washington in Seattle) 4 Total Worker Health … Read More

WestON talks TWH

The 6th annual Western States Occupational Network (WestON) is being held in Golden, Colorado. Total Worker Health (TWH) was the topic of a session that featured three interesting presentations, described below along with links to valuable resources. Brenda Schmidt and Eric Dinenberg of Viridian Health Management described CDC’s National Healthy Worksite project that they are leading. The project is described and toolkits are available at CDC’s National Healthy Worksite website.  Click to learn more about … Read More

Lessons Learned from a Commuting Crash

Even with brand new, shiny brakes, sometimes you just can’t stop. I learned that lesson the hard way this summer while I was interning at CROET. I biked to work every day; it saved time, gas money, and I didn’t have to ride the bus. My bike commute was one of the best parts of my day (except the climb up Marquam Hill Road). One Monday morning in July, I was almost at OHSU, coming … Read More

Partnering for Safety with Young Workers

Here in Oregon, as in many other places, we communicate and collaborate with those sharing our quest to improve workplace safety, health and wellness. In the case of O[yes] – the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition – we partner with a number of organizations committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young workers. In June, David Grim, a MPH student in Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health at Oregon State University, led … Read More

Are your Toolbox and Safety Meetings Effective?

As long as we have been tracking analytics for CROETweb, our most popular page has been Safety Toolbox Talks. In fact, the most popular search engine term that brings people to CROETweb is safety talks. As safety and health professionals, and safety leaders, we seek interesting, insightful and new ways to teach and motivate others. And most seasoned safety professionals have learned through experience – keep it simple, keep it relevant, and make it engaging. We … Read More

Sleep Loss Costs US Workers … and Industry’s Bottom Line

The Sleep and Shift Work: Impact on Health, Safety and Productivity Symposium (learn more on Twitter at hashtag #CROETSleep), reported that insomnia costs US industry an estimated $63 billion per year based on a loss of 8 days of productivity per year determined in a survey of nearly 8000 people (published in Sleep, 2011, by Kessler).  Turning to an example of impact on working people, shift workers (who have disturbed sleep) have a 5-fold increased … Read More

Oregon’s Stellar Occupational Safety & Health Conferences

Having just returned from the Blue Mountain Occupational Safety & Health Conference, I am reminded yet again of the terrific value of our regional conferences to Oregon employers and employees. Lest you believe that everything is always happening in Portland, think again! Whether we live in Northwest, Central, Eastern or Southern Oregon – every year we have opportunities to attend top level sessions addressing workplace health, safety and wellness. For those of us working in … Read More

CROET and OHSU Participate in Friday’s “Don’t Fry Day”

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States? And, did you know that melanoma, which is responsible for 75% of all skin cancer deaths, is diagnosed in Oregon at a rate 36% higher than the national average? Unprotected exposure to ultraviolet light is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma, and early detection of melanoma can save lives. This is why CROET, the Knight … Read More

Total Worker Health Conference Points to a Potential Burden of Workplace Wellness Programs and a Way to Avoid It

NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard led a Roundtable at the Work, Stress and Health 2013 Conference in LA focused on Total Worker Health (TWH) that discussed the issue that wellness programs can place a significant requirement on employees to achieve wellness goals.  Wellness programs need to be designed to support employee success and avoid using them to penalize employees who are in poor health or who have predispositions toward unhealthy lifestyles.  Two pictures from the … Read More

SafeBuild Alliance: Zero Incidents Through Collaboration

Today while passing active commercial construction in the South Waterfront area of Portland, I thought about how lucky we are to have so many leaders working toward zero incidents in construction in our community. And even better to have an opportunity for construction to collaboratively promote their commitment towards safe performance. I am continually impressed by the programs developed by our Oregon partner, SafeBuild Alliance – the newly minted name of what we’ve known as … Read More

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