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National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

For those who aren’t aware June 2-6, 2014 is the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about a specific safety topic. The purpose of this National campaign is to raise awareness of fall prevention in construction. Falls from elevation continues to be the leading cause of death for construction workers. In 2012 there were 775 construction fatalities recorded and … Read More

Paint Strippers Revisited

Back in 2013, we posted a blog on the hazards of using chemical strippers containing methylene chloride, and reported on deaths associated with this chemical in Oregon and California. We also provided Web information from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Oregon FACE and others on how to prevent adverse effects from use of these products. Today, we’d like to provide new information (see below) from the CDPH on less toxic paint stripping products … Read More

The Power of Wellness Networking

CROET and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center joined other organizations committed toward worksite wellness earlier this week at the Worksite Wellness Summit, sponsored by the American Heart Association and held at the Nike Campus. Although we exhibit frequently at events around the state, generally the key conference themes are related to workplace safety.  At this event we continued to expand our list of individuals and organizations interested in learning more about our research outcomes, and … Read More

How Digitization, Twitter and Sensors Will Put You in Control of your Health Care

Dr. Eric Topol began his 125th OHSU Anniversary lecture by asking the audience how many were on Twitter and then illustrating why Twitter is an important source of medical information and will only get more so.  One example was that patients with a particular disease now find other patients with the same disease and get their medical information from those patients … who they don’t even know and have never met. Reflecting on his book, … Read More

GOSH and Workplace Wellness

The Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health conference (GOSH) ran last week at the Oregon Convention Center.  A highlight for many of us attending was the Excellence in Worksite Wellness short course on Thursday shown in the top picture.  About 75 attended the short course to hear Ron Goetzel, the keynote speaker from Emory University and Truven Analytics, discuss the uses of data to evaluate the success of programs and the return on investment of workplace … Read More

It’s Time to Gear Up for Winter Driving

Motor vehicle-related accidents are perennially the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States. Between 2003-2009, thirty-five percent of all occupational fatalities were associated with motor vehicles as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although a variety of factors are associated with this statistic, adverse weather conditions can play a major contributory role. In Oregon, we deal with a wide variety of weather-associated hazards: rainfall, wet pavement and flooding; snow and icing; freezing … Read More

‘Tis the Season for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and toxic gas that results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, wood, and coal. Each year in the United States, more than 400 people die from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, more than 20,000 visit emergency rooms and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO exposure. CO-related injury and death is most common during the colder months of the year, when the … Read More

CROET Program Retreat 2012

CROET research faculty and outreach are meeting to learn about a model of a research program developed by Liberty Mutual (workers compensation) Insurance Company, discuss CROET’s accomplishments in recent years and to consider its research program going forward. We broke up into small work groups to develop new concepts or ideas for research that would involve collaborations between CROET faculty/staff, OHSU departments, Oregon state organizations (e.g., Workers’ Compensation Division, Oregon OSHA, Oregon Health Authority), labor … Read More

Total Worker Health Conference in Iowa

The Total Worker Health conference in Iowa began this morning with a presentation by Dr. John Howard, the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH),  on the critical importance of prevention in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The role of workforce health in the nation’s health, where prevention is the primary method for reducing health care costs, was the theme of Dr. Howard’s presentation. Shown in the picture is a … Read More

Dr. Buck describes COHEs to Oregon’s Medical Advisory Committee (MAC)

Washington State’s Centers for Occupational Health and Education (COHEs) were described to Oregon’s Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) that provides advice to the state’s Worker’s Compensation Division (WCD) by Dr. Mike Buck of CROET.  CROET had developed a review of the COHEs and proposed feasibility studies to determine if components of the COHEs might be useful if implemented in Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation system, at the request of the WCD and Oregon’s Management Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC) … Read More

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