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OSHA’s Garnet Cooke wins TPSA award

The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) has presented Garnet Cooke, Pesticide Coordinator, Oregon OSHA, with its award for program excellence during its annual conference in San Diego, California in February, 2017. Garnet Cooke is one of the national leaders in educating regulators, pesticide users and others about the correct respirators to wear when mixing, loading or applying pesticides. Garnet has been the driving force in moving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise respirator statements … Read More

Thanks to Essential Workers everywhere

As this week’s storm brought in amounts of snow and deep cold that Portland hasn’t seen in decades, we’d be remiss not to acknowledge those who braved the snow, ice and cold to show up at work. Folks who helped keep us warm, cared for, and safe. While some of us learned we were effectively “non-essential” employees and advised not to report for duty, in efforts to keep people out of cars and away from … Read More

Oregon offering Train-the-Trainer events for the Revised Worker Protection Standard

Starting January 2, 2017, agricultural workers and pesticide handlers that work on agricultural establishments must be trained annually about pesticide safety and the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Workers and handlers must be trained before they begin worker/handler tasks, EPA-approved training materials must be used, and trainers must be qualified. Here is where the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, National Pesticide Information Center, OSU extension, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon OSHA and others play a role: many of us … Read More

Oregon Military Employee Sleep and Health (MESH) Study

Dr. Leslie Hammer has recently been awarded a Department of Defense grant to develop and deliver a Total Worker Health® (TWH) intervention to improve the safety, health, and well-being of service members in the Oregon National Guard, as well as their families. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), TWH® is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Partners’ Luncheon

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) held it’s Partners’ Luncheon on Monday to thank our research and outreach partners from the first cycle (2011-2016) and our new partners for the 2016-2021 cycle. Partners from 2011-2016 learned what had been accomplished in the outreach and the four research projects, and learned about others in their research project (many for the first time) and about the other research projects and outreach going on at the Center.  The Partners, … Read More

Come attend our Summer Institute!

Here at the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, we’re excitedly preparing for the 2016 Summer Institute: OHP Innovation and Creative Strategies Leading to Total Worker Health, July 12-14, 2016. Download the program here. Experts from academia and industry will discuss cutting-edge research in Occupational Health, share real-world experiences, and brainstorm active strategies to bring Total Worker Health into the workplace. Our speakers, excellent in their field, come from across the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. … Read More

Distraction, stairs and a fall

It’s one thing to know that slips, trips and falls are of the most common causes of on-the-job injuries. It’s another thing, however, to always practice those things that are most likely to prevent a slip, trip or fall. Over the years, I’ve learned to use hand rails. I’ve even learned to slow down on stairs and other walking surfaces. But I haven’t yet perfected the practice of eliminating distractions that can lead to a … Read More

Plan your summer activity yet?

Come attend our Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Summer Institute! The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences & the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center will host the 2016 Summer Institute: OHP Innovation and Creative Strategies Leading to Total Worker Health, July 12-14, 2016. Experts from academia and industry will discuss cutting-edge research in Occupational Health, share real-world experiences, and brainstorm active strategies to bring Total Worker Health into the workplace.  Our exciting line-up of international and local … Read More

Arsenic and cadmium air pollution found in SE and North PDX

Potentially unsafe levels of arsenic and cadmium have been detected in the air of Southeast Portland. The primary source was been localized to a glass production facility that has operated there for ~40 years. They have since terminated use of these metals in their process, so there is no current risk of continued airborne exposure from this source. A similar finding has been localized to a glass production facility in North Portland, who has also … Read More

New fatality report and upcoming rigging/signaling course

OR-FACE has published Fatality Investigation Report, “Crane operator killed by falling steel beam.”  A 40-year old crane operator was killed when a clamp holding the top  of the 35-foot, 5600 lb H-beam pile unexpectedly released the pile.  The pile was not rigged to the clamp housing or attached to the crane whip line, fell striking the crane cab.  For the complete report or other fatality investigation reports go to the OR-FACE website. Based on discussions about … Read More

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