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  1. Thanks for the first-hand reminder – glad it was no worse!

  2. I love that you blogged this ironic “lesson” and very happy you weren’t seriously hurt.

  3. Thank you for your comments. This issue has clearly, and understandably, resulted in some very intense feelings. Hopefully, as we learn more about this situation, we will better understand the actual health risks that exist so that the current situation can be resolved and future situations such as this can be prevented.

  4. Hey, why is there no additional blame placed upon the regulators of the regulators for the state, the legislators. The legislature sets the whole tone for anti-investigatory attitude by the state agencies responsible for water quality and public health protection??? The legislators dictate very carefully just what gets, or does NOT get looked at by sampling, analysis, and assessment for public health… by insisting that the agencies NOT make waves by finding more problems needing to be fixed. They will not fund sampling and assessment if the agencies propose doing so. The legislature sees such essential work as being inherently politically and fiscally subversive, yet that work is essential for providing for public health. It is no wonder that we are in such an expensive and tragic mess harming untold numbers of citizens and costing society a vast quantity of money. Monitoring is essential to inform the science and the ability of government to function in a logical way for protecting its citizens. To the degree the legislators are opposed to supporting this essential monitoring, we have to pay over and over again off into the future for the mistakes we do not detect as they are happening. Vote for people that understand this kind of logic. Maybe the problem is due to something in the water that the legislature drinks. Lead is known to prevent exposed organisms from realizing the consequences of their actions.

  5. Thanks for asking. Perhaps this is something we can talk by phone so to better understand the question? You can contact us through our Occupational Health and Safety Information Center here:

  6. Just wondering you’ve had an opportunity to provide input of the current workplace issues facing the OHSU EVS department?

  7. What a great council and cause to be celebrating the 75 year anniversary for. The Oregon Building Trades Council truly helped reshape and set best practices regarding safety and compensation for the construction industry. Keep up the great work.

  8. Congratulations Dr. Saurabh Thosar. Great work and miles to go. All the best!

  9. Thanks for adding this comment. I think you add an important point. Disengaging from electronics, being open to the natural world and being in the moment, is important for all of us.

  10. Many thanks to OHSU and Dr. Berman who received our inquiry four years ago. His investigation of the issue and conclusion that we’d been exposed eventually led to medical and other benefits for 2100 veterans who’d flown and maintained the former Agent Orange spray aircraft. Lives were changed because Dr. Berman and his colleagues cared about this issue.

  11. I’m someone who prefers to hear what is going on around me, as much for safety as for enjoyment. When I ride my bike I rely on my ears to hear cars behind me (difficult with the new electric cars) or around me. But I also like the sound of the wind and being in the moment. I don’t like the distraction of something in my ears, I need to hear. If I want to listen to something I prefer to give it my full attention.

  12. Falls are responsible for about 25% ( 1 in 4) accidents in construction.

  13. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  14. I commend you for your work on this issue. My father is a Vietnam veteran. Since returning home, he has a history of breaking-out in a rash, which he has always attributed to his Agent Orange exposure. He was in the infantry, on the ground, fighting. The VA has since taken care of his health, but he had to be very persistent. It took a couple of years of letters and proof before he had full health coverage. Luckily, veterans have people like you on their side to keep our government in line. Thank you!

  15. I flew in the 302nd Buckeye Wing from 74 to 82. We had two squadrons of C-123 aircraft. We are seeing a lot of people die much earlier than their age groups normal life expantancy. Now the remaining members can look forward to medical treatment and benefits. Hats off to Wes Carter and all who worked to get this issued addressed by the VA.

    Buckeye Wing Association

  16. Nice work! Truth prevails.

  17. Thank you for the oppertunity being a part of!!!!

  18. Excellent post! Thank you for sharing Dede.

  19. ‘Part of that work life balance we all strive to achieve means meeting family and friends, and that often requires time traveling.’

    I totally agree. To time travel I employ a Tardis instead of heading off to a crowded airport.

    The Doctor

  20. Our Italian exchange student is very aware of the terrible statistics for working in his country. He is planning to leave Italy to work elsewhere after he finishes college. I don’t think this is a direction that a nation wants to be moving in, with the young workforce leaving the country.

  21. Remember the old saying? “Prevention is better than cure”, that’s still valid. Every one should do their part of prevention for health and safety of themselves and others.

  22. This is fascinating. It’s great the blog highlights Dr Truxillo’s work. Important realities that need to be discussed and improved upon.

  23. Mindfulness training – actually when one asks the question why companies like e.g. Toyota got such a lead in production quality over the likes of e.g. General Motors, although many of the quality management techniques originated right under the US companies’ noses (q.v. the Baldwin award …) you will find that the “Buddhist” mindset in these societies plays a pivotal role. Mindfulness kind of comes “built into” the frame of mind of often even the “lowliest” worker and a “boss” is trained to listen in quality circles without any hierarchical stressors – despite the society at large being highly hierarchical as such! As for “job insecurity”: what I found in many companies is that, from the CEO down, there often is a policy of “induced” insecurity where top management seems to think that displaying some traces of insecurity keeps everyone “on their toes”. Rather than that they should communicate something like “if everyone does their job to the best of their ability, they will always be recognized and not be randomly ‘fired'”.

  24. This is exciting to me as a veteran, even though I don’t fit their requirements to participate in the study. Perhaps, if OHSU gets involved in the study, we will have the momentum to get the Veteran’s Employee Resource Group up and running.

  25. Thanks for the comment. Our blog addresses the importance of health care facilities to follow proper infection control protcols. Additionally, we remind all workers to take proper hygiene steps to protect against all infections, including the flu, in all of our daily activities.

  26. Is all this just scaremongering or are we really in danger. the virus is not airborne so i don’t think it is likely to spread in the West

  27. That’s very sad, as you said there is no “miracle solution to keep people safe at work” it all boils down to protecting yourself and your co-workers on job.

  28. My condolences goes out to the grieving family.

  29. I can tell the sun comes through the clouds because I break out in freckles even in the gray summer! I think awareness of this issue is important, and I’m glad someone is actually talking about it. There’s a pretty great sun screen at Trader Joe’s that isn’t even greasy. Maybe if it smelled great and also had moisturizer, people would actually use sun screen as much as they should!

  30. Excellent and very motivational, I think the most important thing you said is – it’s a “lifestyle thing”. The more we make it inclusive in our life the better it works.

  31. Thank you, Brittany, for sharing your wonderful story! Congratulations, and keep spreading your powerful message.

  32. I rejoined OHSU in October of last year. The last time I worked here I gained a ton of weight. That combined with the baby I had a couple years ago, I knew things were going to be different this time around.
    I joined an amazing gym that I felt comfortable in and started really really slowly. I started walking the VA bridge on my lunch with a friend (or outside on nice days). I deliver papers instead of using campus mail. Of course, I take the stairs whenever I can.

    Since November of 2013 I have lost over 90 lbs. I now bike most days to and from work using the amazing valet service at the bottom of the tram. I have great support from my coworkers who are really active. I’ve learned these past few months that it isn’t about that big workout you don’t want to do at the end of the day, but rather a lot of little things. They really do add up. Now, when I’m sitting too long my legs get antsy and I know it’s time for a stretch and maybe a trip down the hall and back.

    Hope this inspires someone to keep working on their goals.

  33. I agree with this wholeheartedly. Once when my son was 18 months old, it was a cloudy overcast day. I did not put any sunscreen on him while we were outside for a while. He burned so badly on his head, he blistered. So yes, put sunscreen on no matter the weather, no matter the age.

  34. Thanks for highlighting both the Columbia-Willamette Chapter’s great work, and the recognition of Deb for her excellent efforts. We’re very fortunate to have such outstanding people and organizations.

  35. This was great to see how everyone is active. Way to go!

  36. I am lucky that our offices have the sit/stand desks and I stand all the time. It took a few weeks for my feet to get used to it so I have to be sure to have comfortable shoes, but I really like it. I’m much more apt to move around because I don’t have to struggle to get up out of my chair (I’m oldish and it gets harder to stand up from sitting). I’ve stood at my desk for a few years now.

  37. Excellent blog post! The contrast between the high school video contest and the Workers Memorial Day was striking, but it was also a powerful reminder that these young people are our next generation of workers and we need to fully engage them in our efforts to eliminate workplace fatalities. The students involved in this year’s contest were exceptional ambassadors of our message.

  38. Very interesting.

  39. Great post with a personal story to put things in context.

  40. Hi Dede,

    Good article with helpful links to other training resources.It is nice to see the good work that you are doing,

    Thank you! Karen

  41. Great topic – and a way in which Oregon continues to lead in health care innovation. Fingers crossed that this experiment works as it should!

  42. the topic was so good and thanks for sharing this to us.

  43. Thanks for your feedback, Lorie. We appreciate Laura’s sharing of her story. I too had a recent non-injury crash. This is a good reminder for all of us to be present and pay attention as we make our way to, from and through work, whether we are walking, riding or driving.

  44. Dede, thank you for sharing. I was also involved in a biking accident coming down the hill. I was getting off of a bus and opened the door without looking. A biker crashed into my backpack and went flying off of his bike. He sustained some bad bruising, a laceration on his head, and some abraisons. I learned to look before getting off the bus!

  45. Fantastic work! More organizations should establish young employee safety groups. Young employees may be new to an industry or may have a different learning style than their older peers. It is good that there are programs to assist the young workforce in safety training to give them a solid foundation in workplace safety that they can build over time.

  46. Workplace safety isn’t just for manufacturers, warehouses, and construction. Employees in multiple disciplines face safety issues on the job. It will be very interesting to see what the results of the study are. Hopefully they can help other industries implement similar safety training programs.

  47. I think an excellent initiative, they need a lot of care

  48. Making personal connections to safety training is a good way to engage the audience and to make sure that they remember what is being taught. Safety requires buy-in from the entire group, and so by including experiences and anecdotes, you can better get your message across.

  49. Couldn’t agree with the premise of this more. Many of my female friends that are pregnant say it’s very hard to control the cravings for things that aren’t necessarily healthy.

  50. One thing I’ve learned is that we have a industrial hygiene department that ensures we work in a safe environment and help one another be safe, not only this week but throughout the year..

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