Total Worker Health (TWH)

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

On the Road Again for the Holidays?

Part of that work life balance we all strive to achieve means meeting family and friends, and that often requires time traveling. Sitting at times other than work isn’t good for you either. Here are some tips from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) for staying active when traveling. Aerobics at the Airport More and more airports are also getting in on the fitness trend. Some have gone beyond your own making laps around … Read More

Aging and Longer Working Careers

An international conference on occupational safety and health was held earlier this month at the University of Trento, Italy. The University of Trento is a leading research institution in Italy in the areas of psychology and neuroscience, and I’m pleased to be a member of the doctoral training committee there.  Sabine Sonnentag (U. of Mannheim, Germany) and I were asked to give keynote talks at the conference. She spoke about recovery from work, and I … Read More

SERVe Serves Employers of Veterans

Portland State University, in partnership with OHSU and the VA, is working on a $5 million Department of Defense grant offering free training to organizations who want to be the employer of choice for Oregon’s returning veteran population. The Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST), developed by Dr. Leslie Hammer and her team focuses on teaching supervisors supportive behaviors and military culture in order to increase veteran job retention.  Dr. Hammer saw a need due to Oregon being the second … Read More

Look Who is Standing Now

Occupational Health Sciences prioritized the installation of sit-stand work stations for our employees this past year. And as organizations have learned, we had to plan ahead to budget for this process. Arranging standing options for desk-bound work was an important priority for our overall health and safety – we have closely followed and in some cases added to the research demonstrating the importance of standing and moving during the work day. Here’s some of what … Read More

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