Wellness

What a summer we’ve had!

August 9th was a festive day here at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. In a room abuzz with nervous excitement, our summer interns stood by their posters, proud to share their summer’s work with Institute staff, friends, and family – all just as excited. Beginning in 1993 and currently directed by Dr. Ryan Olson, the annual Summer Internship Program is an opportunity for students to be mentored by Institute members conducting research in the … Read More

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Construction workers, homecare workers and young workers all have high rates of preventable injuries and illnesses. The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) has developed Total Worker Health® toolkits to improve occupational safety, health, and well-being. These toolkits aim to cultivate effective supervision and educate workers on safety practices and healthy habits. Our next step is to disseminate our evidence-based resources. We have created one-page infographics corresponding to each of the four toolkits, SHIP, PUSH, Be … Read More

Making a difference on sleep apnea

Here is a story we think you need to see: Lives are being changed by sharing health and safety messages supported by Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences research. During lunch at the 2013 Spring Symposium, I asked Dr. Steven Shea, the institute’s director, how best to persuade SAIF’s Agricultural Safety Seminar attendees to seek treatment for sleep apnea. From his work on sleep disorders, Steve suggested they self-diagnose by seeing if they have four … Read More

Cannabis use a growing concern of employers

Cannabis (marijuana) use is on the rise. Twenty-nine US States have legalized medical cannabis and 7 (including Oregon) have approved recreational use. Thus, cannabis use in the workforce is a growing concern of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, and Nicole P. Bowles, Ph.D., who works in the research group of Steven A. Shea, Ph.D., wants to better understand this issue. Despite decreased stigma and touted health benefits, including improved sleep and reduced pain, … Read More

Symposium recordings have been posted

For those of you who either missed or would like to revisit the talks given at our recent symposium, “Creating a Positive Work Environment for Safety and Health”, webinar recordings are now available here. Enjoy!

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

Hello research, meet practice

Have you ever thought that science and practice don’t talk enough? As we develop and disseminate our evidence-based Total Worker Health interventions at the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, it’s important to understand the steps organizations are currently taking toward healthier workforces. OHWC Center Manager, Anjali Rameshbabu attended the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) 2016 Forum last month. Geared toward sharing best practices in workplace health and well-being, HERO provides a common ground for researchers and … Read More

OHWC occupational health psychology summer institute held

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Summer Institute (SI) was held this week at Portland State University.  The SI focused on the broad scope of Occupational Health Psychology that encompasses the issues of Total Worker Health (TWH) and was attended by about 100 people, shown below at the opening keynote. Three main overarching themes from the Summer Institute were summarized by Dr. Hammer: Importance of the effects of leadership and leadership support … 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

Be careful mixing medications and work

So there I was, shivering under the covers, my feverish body aching from some mysterious illness, anticipating the early Monday morning alarm that would signal the new workweek. The medication I had taken to relieve my cold/flu symptoms had not yet taken hold. “Should I even go to work?” was barely in my consciousness as the medication finally lulled me to sleep. This scenario, which I’m sure most of us can relate to, was what … Read More

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