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Motivating Others and Giving Back: Step up now for GOSH 2015

At recent industrial hygiene and safety association meetings we have talked about the graying of our profession. As we plan for future events, we challenge ourselves to mentor and enlist others. A phone call or personal conversation can do a lot to encourage someone to try something new and assure them that this is not a closed club! So…what’s up for 2014? Planning for the 2015 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference, for one. … Read More

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Holds Science Retreat

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) faculty held a Science Retreat on Wednesday, October 30, to discuss their mission and research themes, and to learn from the OHSU Foundation about ways that the Institute can gain philanthropic support. Led by Director Steve Shea, PhD, the Retreat began with a discussion about why we are committing our careers to occupational health and safety.  Why do we do what we do.  Faculty conducting basic … Read More

The 2014 O[yes] Contest Opens!

You may recall seeing Safety: the Musical – last year’s 1st place winning video produced by students from Salem Academy. The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety on the job for young people. Students must create a 90-second or less video with the overall theme of Speak up. Work safe. The contest is organized by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]). CROET (soon to be the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences) … Read More

Shaking Down at Southern Oregon Safety Conference

What were you doing at 10:17 this morning?  The classes at this year’s Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference, held in Medford, participated in Shake Down Oregon. No doubt, some attendees wondered what was going on – but all pretty clearly followed the lead of their instructor. Every bit of planning we can do – work, home, and community – is important as we try to prepare for the big one. Today’s exercise came … Read More

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

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