Total Worker Health (TWH)

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

Occ Health Sci tackles outreach

Basic and applied scientists, information specialists, research staff and practitioners focused today on ways to grow and improve outreach at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. Pictured is Institute Director Dr. Steve Shea describing the Institute research programs. And Dede Montgomery (pictured left) talked about ways to engage with our stakeholders through outreach channels (like all the Oregon OSHA conferences attended by Dede Montgomery, Fred Berman, Anjali Rameshbabu and others). Occ Health Sci is … Read More

PDX Wellness inspires

“Wellness is something we do with and for people. It isn’t something we do to them,” shared WELCOA’s Ryan Picarella, the keynote at this week’s American Heart Association’s Worksite Wellness Summit. He reminded us that it is really all about living happier, fuller lives. So often we talk clinically: the need to lower blood pressure – lose weight – eat vegetables. Isn’t it really about feeling better every day? Perhaps living long enough to know … Read More

Oregon Building Trades Council is 75!

Oregon Building Trades Council celebrated it’s 75th anniversary at the Portland Convention Center on August 20-21.  They are the second oldest building trades council in the US, representing about 25,000 construction workers in 30 affiliated local unions and district councils, and 6 regional councils. They celebrated their history with a book (pictured right) that depicts the leaders and activities over the decades, including construction projects Building Trades members have built such as the Tilicum Crossing bridge and the tram at OHSU. … Read More

See you on September 1?

Have you registered yet for the 2015 American Heart Association Worksite Wellness Summit? We are eager to attend again this year as a sponsor and exhibitor. This is a terrific opportunity to connect with others in the region who prioritize healthy workplaces, many of whom have begun initiatives integrating safety with wellness and well-being. This year’s theme is Building a Culture of Health, with the event to be held at Portland’s Oregon Convention Center. It … Read More

Let’s avoid getting stressed over heat

OK – now that the extremely hot weather has (temporarily) passed, let’s not let our guard down about heat-related illness. Many workers do not have the option of getting out of the sun during the hottest time of the day, and it is important to remember that the best way to prevent heat-related illness is to keep workers cool and hydrated throughout the day. There are many risk factors that can affect a worker’s heat … Read More

Can you hear me?

Sometimes I can’t communicate with other pedestrians and transit riders during my commute. And it’s not because of language. To be honest, I find myself talking to myself an awful lot. Now this isn’t a safety issue if I’m just trying to be social with someone while they are plugged into music. No, it’s when I am on our shared network of trails and sidewalks that I start to worry. If on my bike, I … Read More

Occupational safety and health broadens purview

Three meetings in June (2015) reveal that occupational safety and health has broadened it’s purview. Diseases or disease risk factors that are substantially affected by our lifestyle, and increasingly recognized as affected by our by occupation, are now on everybody’s mind; 5 years ago they were often not part of the conversation. At the 31st International Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH) in Seoul Korea (June 1-5) we learned that by 2020 the World Health Organization … Read More

Total Worker Health at ICOH in Seoul

The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), the oldest society supporting Occupational Safety and Health in the world (formed 1906) met for the 31st time (triennial meetings) in Seoul Korea, sponsored locally by KOSHA, the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency. ICOH has members in over 90 countries, most represented by the 1800 participants in the June, 2015 meeting. Below is a picture from the opening ceremony from last week (May 31-June 5). A powerful series … Read More

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