It’s all about Public Health!

If you’re a public health professional living in Oregon, you are likely aware of the annual Oregon Public Health Association conference. After all, the conference is the largest gathering of Public Health professionals in Oregon! This year’s OPHA conference was held in Corvallis, Oregon on October 8th and 9th. The two-day conference kicked off with a keynote address from Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH of UCLA School of Public Health, who spoke about the impact … Read More

Wellness@Work: An Economic Imperative

Did you know that in Oregon, healthcare costs doubled between 1990 and 2001, and doubled again between 2002 and 2012? Did you know that, since 2000, employment based health insurance premiums have increased by 87%, and have significantly outpaced inflation and workers’ earnings over the last 20 years? These are a few of the statistics cited by Mark Hurliman, Oregon OSHA SHARP and VPP Program Manager, during an educational session he chaired at the recent … Read More

A Summer of Swimming Pools and Tumblr

CROET has been lucky this summer to hire a terrific group of summer interns. One of the projects supported by two of these college student interns is a young worker safety, health and wellness project funded by the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center and CROET. The Health Promotion and Health Protection in Young Workers, led by Diane Rohlman, Ph.D., owes a lot of its early success to a partnership with the City of Portland Park and … Read More

CROET’s Toxicology Information Center

Concerned about the hazards of chemical exposures in your workplace, home or other environments? Having difficulty interpreting an MSDS? What about that mold growing in the bathroom? CROET’s Toxicology Information Center (TIC) is here to answer these questions and much more. Our goal is to provide up-to-date, unbiased information in a form that is understandable and useful to you. If you find yourself in need of information about potential hazards in your workplace and home, … Read More

Let’s Get Healthy! represents the NIH in Washington, D.C.

At the end of April, Let’s Get Healthy! traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the USA Science & Engineering Festival. The festival was a grand showcase of the wonders of science, health, technology, and engineering. There were hundreds of exhibits (including a full size jet and a magic school bus!), and tens of thousands of members of the public visited the festival over the course of three days. … Read More

You Could be 45 Seconds Away from $500

  It’s time now to get entries ready for the 2012 O[yes] workplace safety video contest! Entries are due no later than February 1. This year is the 4th year that O[yes], the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition, has sponsored this contest. O[yes] is “looking for video entries that will inspire teens to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. The video should be creative and targeted for a youth … Read More

CROET Symposia: What next?

Over the past 13 years, CROET has been providing fall and spring health and safety symposia, targeted especially to health and safety professionals and researchers within Oregon. Our fall event is co-sponsored by Portland State University Occupational Health Psychology Program. Of course, we often have attendees from states other than Oregon, particularly Washington. In fact, now that our events are also available by webinar, distance is no limitation. During our last symposium, we even had … Read More

QR Code Anyone?

While at the Southern Oregon Health and Safety Conference, which by the way was excellent (thank you OR-OSHA!), I asked a local industrial hygienist whether he thought our health and safety resource webpage, CROETweb.com, was a useful resource. “Oh yes”, was the response (I am paraphrasing), “but I wish you had an app for my iPhone that allows me to bring CROETweb up directly. That way, I could access it quickly while in the field.” … Read More

What’s Up With Safety Climate?

In case you missed our fall symposium, Innovations in Safety Climate, you are in luck!  All four presentations plus the panel session are available as archived webinars. Special thanks to our terrific speakers: Kevin Kelloway, Saint Mary’s University: Transforming Safety Climate Ryan Olson, CROET: Different Intervention Paths to the Same Destination. Steven Hecker, University of Oregon, LERC: Patient Safety and Employee Safety in Health Care: An Industry Struggles with Cultural Change. Brett Phillips, EORM: The … Read More

Domestic Violence Spillover in the Workplace

A Leave for Domestic Violence Did you know that Oregon has protective leave for victims of Domestic Violence (DV), Sexual Assault and Stalking? Officially it is called “Oregon’s Victims of Certain Crimes Leave Act” and was passed in 2007. Nationwide, there are only 14 states having a similar leave law for victims of Domestic Violence. Why is it beneficial to be aware of the law? DV exists – it affects nationwide about 1 in 3 … Read More

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