Total Worker Health (TWH)

OHWC Advisory Committee Meets

Friday the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) External Advisory Committee met on the OHSU campus in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences seminar room. The Committee considered the progress and accomplishments of the OHWC in it’s first 3+ years and its plans for its next grant application for a new 5-year cycle. The committee is pictured below, commenting on the weighty issues surrounding workforce health in Oregon and the US.  The seriousness of the … Read More

NIOSH Center Director’s Meeting foretells changes

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) held it’s now annual NIOSH Center Directors meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio (March 19-20). Dr. Eula Bingham (Director of OSHA from 1977-1981), now 85, is pictured addressing the Directors on nanoparticles, and she recalled the Brazilian Blowout problem identified by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon OSHA. But NIOSH continues to change. Attending from the Northwest: Kent, Leslie and Diane Attending from the Northwest … Read More

What do we do for fun?

Our last blog on the importance of disengaging outside of work seemed to strike a chord with many of us. What do our researchers and partners do outside of work? See if you can locate our Director, Dr. Stephen Shea. And just who was that “anonymous” tram rider who sparked last week’s blog?   Tell us – what do you do?

Do you work too much?

I often overhear conversations on my daily tram commute that relate in some way to the mission of our Institute and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. Today was no different as I heard two colleagues trade notes about work hours. The first quite enthusiastically shared how, since he had retired to a half-time work schedule, he is enjoying other enriching activities outside of work – specifically mentioning contributions to a local theater. His younger friend … Read More

Check out ASSE’s Health and Wellness Branch

So many people are talking about health and wellness. We are flooded with news about why and how to address health at work. More than ever, the networking and connections within and between our disciplines are critical to get up to speed and keep up with the momentum. One of the groups actively networking on safety, health and wellness is the American Society for Safety Engineer’s (ASSE) Health and Wellness Branch. ASSE has been around … Read More

PNASH meets at Oregon Health and Science University

The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center Advisory Committee is meeting at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), pictured below.  PNASH is a NIOSH-funded regional Center that supports research projects and outreach in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. The current PNASH project in Oregon is designed to study stress in agricultural workers and develop and test an intervention to reduce stress in workers. Drs. Diane Rohlman and Kent Anger of OHSU and the … Read More

Hearts at work

February is heart health month. I’ve been thinking a lot about the heart-health-and-work connection while noticing how many of the reported workplace fatalities in Oregon were caused by heart attack, and a smaller number, stroke. We’ve had several conversations at the Oregon Construction Advisory Committee about responding to heart attacks and the importance of having Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at work. While we know there are many personal and individual factors impacting the health of … Read More

Heading our Way: GOSH 2015

Every two years Portland hosts the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference. We have found GOSH to be the best value-packed opportunity to support professional development; mentor and welcome newer faces to Oregon, our profession and our work; and, rekindle long-term professional relationships. GOSH will be held March 9-12, 2015 at the Oregon Convention Center. The program is impressive, the exhibit hall is filling out, and registration is now open. What can you do … Read More

Pursuing Total Worker Health at OHSU

Our friends and partners know that here at Occupational Health Sciences, and at the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), we have been talking about Total Worker HealthTM (TWH) for some time. In fact, the OHWC is one of four-funded Centers of Excellence in the U.S. to explore and research the concepts of TWH. This funding is provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Total Worker HealthTM, as defined by NIOSH, is “a … Read More

Total Worker Health Coming to Oregon Department of Corrections

Winds of change are blowing to improve the health and safety of ODOC staff.  Last month with 70 MPH winds and rain blasting the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution Wellness Symposium in Pendleton, Oregon, Dr. Kerry Kuehl presented the occupational health and safety risks associated with corrections work. Some of the important findings from the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) DOC funded study conducted from 2011-2014 include: 1 out of 2 Correctional Officers (CO’s) have metabolic … Read More

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