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News and Updates

October 2017: October was a busy conference month for OR-FACE. We gave presentations at two meetings. First was the annual meeting of the NIOSH FACE program, held in Morgantown, WV, headquarters of NIOSH's Division of Safety Research. All seven states with FACE programs attended along with national NIOSH FACE staff. Ryan Olson presented updates on Oregon FACE activities. Barb Epstien facilitated a discussion on multi-state collaborations, which sparked several ideas aimed at enhancing FACE's impact on fatality prevention outreach. She also presented a case study about a fatal logging incident; other states also presented unique case studies. NIOSH staff provided updates on current research underway.

Later in the month, Barb attended the Pacific NW Section-AIHA NW Occupational Health Conference (NOHC) in Spokane, WA. She and Todd Schoonover of Washington FACE co-presented "FACE Program Perspectives on Fatal Logging Injuries in the PNW: a review of Oregon and Washington Surveillance Data, Investigation, Research, and Prevention Outreach".

September 2017: OR-FACE participated in the 10th annual Western Occupational Network (WestON) meeting in Denver. The meeting provides a great opportunity to establish and strengthen collaborative relationships with other state based surveillance, epidemiology, and worker injury and illness prevention programs. The 19 western states in the network share priorities including mining, agriculture, logging, wildland fire fighting, and oil and gas extraction. Barb Epstien gave a "Quick Takes" presentation about OR-FACE's partnerships aimed at helping prevent agricultural fatalities. The talk was part of a session entitled, "Risky Business", and it highlighted OR-FACE's work with the SAIF Corporation's Agriculture Seminar Series and the social network analysis currently underway with Oregon wine growers. You can download the presentation here.

August 2017: In Oregon, agriculture regularly ranks among the top four most deadly industries. Hazards include working with mobile machinery, such as tractors and attached farming equipment. To better understand how to communicate and spread best safety practices to owners of smaller farms, OR-FACE is conducting a social network analysis study. As part of this project OR-FACE recently toured a few vineyards in Oregon’s Dundee Hills area, to help the team understand vineyard management, farm practices, and industry terminology before finalizing their social network survey. This survey will ask vineyards owners and managers about people and organizations they go to for advice about equipment and safety. The aim of the study is to map pathways of information flow and influence in the network, and potentially identify people or organizations to target with safety communications. The overall goal is to increase adoption of safe practices on smaller farms, particularly around mobile machinery.

July 2017: This summer, OR-FACE has been actively collaborating with OR-OSHA on fatality investigations. This ongoing relationship, fostered by a letter of agreement, enhances and helps inform OR-FACE's ability to identify root causes of workplace fatalities occurring in Oregon, thereby helping provide a basis for prevention recommendations for improving safety practices.

June 2017: The National Safety Council cited a recently published OR-FACE toolbox talk guide in their monthly magazine, Safety+Health. The magazine has a readership of 86,000 subscribers. The guide mentioned in the June 2017 issue is about a forestry worker who was killed when her vehicle was struck by a tree being felled. You can read their article, "Death of Oregon forestry worker prompts new toolbox talk" here. You can also download the OR-FACE guide here.

Barb Epstien and Illa Gilbert-Jones presented an analysis of Oregon occupational fatal injury data and other OR-FACE surveillance, research, and assessment findings, and outreach and prevention activities, at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo (AIHce) in Seattle. Download their presentation here

May 2017: OR-FACE has published a new toolbox talk guide about a 55-year-old forestry worker who was killed when her vehicle was struck by a tree. Download the guide here.

April 2017: OR-FACE has published a new toolbox talk guide about a 46-year old dump truck driver who was killed when he lost control making a turn on a downhill slope. Download the guide here.

March 2017: Did you miss OR-FACE at GOSH? Barb Epstien and Illa Gilbert-Jones presented data on traumatic occupational fatalities and findings from construction investigations. Download their presentation here.

February 2017: OR-FACE and Oregon OSHA recently updated their letter of agreement. You can learn more about this in our blog post.