Total Worker Health (TWH)

Start the Conversation: New supervisor tool released

It may seem like a no-brainer that employers should give all new workers safety training. For example, it would be outrageous for someone to walk onto a flight and announce, “Good evening folks, I’m going to be your pilot today and it’s my first flight ever, so please buckle your seatbelts, sit back and enjoy the ride.” Research, however, shows as many as 80% of young workers don’t receive safety training. Despite the many positive … Read More

Study serves veterans and service members

Dr. Leslie Hammer, new faculty member to Occupational Health Sciences, brings her research project, SERVe – the Study for Employment Retention of Veterans – a 5-year study funded by the Department of Defense, to the Institute. SERVe aims to improve the health and well-being of veterans and their families, and to increase retention of veterans in the workplace by training supervisors to better support their employed service members. Over the last three years the SERVe … Read More

BOLI vendor meeting informs

Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Apprenticeship & Training Division ODOT-BOLI Highway Construction Workforce Development Program “Promoting opportunities in Oregon’s highway construction trades” is a partnership to expand opportunities for diversity in employment, increase apprenticeship participation and increase training resources for individuals interested in highway construction careers throughout the State of Oregon. The Program held it’s quarterly vendor meeting at the Northwest College of Construction last week.  The meeting is pictured below. Vendors described available grants, loans at … Read More

Be careful mixing medications and work

So there I was, shivering under the covers, my feverish body aching from some mysterious illness, anticipating the early Monday morning alarm that would signal the new workweek. The medication I had taken to relieve my cold/flu symptoms had not yet taken hold. “Should I even go to work?” was barely in my consciousness as the medication finally lulled me to sleep. This scenario, which I’m sure most of us can relate to, was what … Read More

2015: Best of our blog

As 2015 winds down, we share our thanks to you – our faithful readers. Oregon and the Workplace continues to be an effective way for us to share news about our work, our partners, and workplace safety, health, wellness and well-being. And though all of our posted blogs are read by many, a few stand out as most popular. The most popular blogs of 2015 were: #1: Do you work too much? #2: Welcome 2015 … Read More

Pathways 2 Prevention TWH

NIH’s Pathways 2 Prevention workshop on Total Worker Health® (TWH) was held December 9-10, 2015, in Bethesda, MD at the NIH campus. Gary Gibbons (speaking below), Director of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, a co-sponsor, introduced the workshop and the panel (pictured) whose job it was to listen to 2 days of presentations on TWH, and report out a research agenda for TWH,  also informed by a literature review created before the workshop prepared … Read More

What’s work got to do with it?

So many of us have been thinking about, researching and discussing the relationship between work, home and life.  Now is the perfect opportunity to learn more –  just by connecting through a free webcast! This Wednesday and Thursday, December 9-10, the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are hosting the Pathways to Prevention-Total Worker Health® What’s Work Got to Do With it? workshop … Read More

Occupational Health Sciences Reports to MLAC

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences provides reports to Oregon’s Management Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC) due to it’s base funding from the Workers’ Compensation System. Dr. Steven Shea is pictured describing the Institute’s vertically integrated research concept with an illustration of sleep and circadian rhythms.  Molecular and cellular researchers interact with scientists conducting animal and human laboratory research.  This informs applied intervention research in the Oregon workplace and that leads to safer and healthier workers … Read More

Role of the safety professional in a changing work environment

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences staff Dede Montgomery and Illa Gilbert-Jones along with Mark Frisco, Regional Field Safety Specialist for True Blue, Inc one of the largest staffing agencies, presented at the ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter November meeting. The presentation was a follow-up to our Spring symposium, “Temporary and Contingent Worker Safety and Health: Best Practices, Challenges and Solutions,” held on May 28, 2015. The ASSE presentation included emerging concepts such as worker well-being, total … Read More

One stop shopping

The best thing about exhibiting at events is interacting with our stakeholders. We learn a lot about organizations doing great things towards workplace safety, health, wellness and well-being. And this week’s Oregon Workers’ Compensation Conference in Salem is no exception. Today I reconnected with the safety manager of Mountain Rose Herbs, a supplier of traditional medicine herbs and spices with 200 employees based in Eugene. Rick Pasley is responsible for safety and wellness at Mountain … Read More

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