The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences conducts workplace interventions to address problems or in some cases to identify problems and develop prevention programs to minimize those problems. We also reach out to provide education and information to the Oregon workforce and beyond.
• Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) Program
The Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) program is designed to prevent occupational fatalities through surveillance, targeted investigation, assessment, and outreach that are associated with traumatic work-related deaths in Oregon. Headed by Dr. Ryan Olson, OR-FACE is one of only nine state-based FACE programs supported by a cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It focuses on surveillance of occupational fatalities in Oregon and the development of prevention programs to arrest workplace trends leading to fatalities. OR-FACE preliminary data for 2010 indicate 44 work-related fatalities in 42 incidents.
• Safety and Health Interventions for Lone Workers
Dr. Ryan Olson’s research is focused on safety and health interventions for lone workers, and on behavioral self-management methods. The overarching goal of this research is to understand how organizations can best protect and promote health among workers who are physically isolated from their peers. Olson’s work is also concerned with understanding workplace and personal factors that help individual’s self-regulate and engage in prevention behavior. Current work focuses on truck drivers and home care workers.
• Computer-based Supervisor and Worker Protection Training
Workplace training designed to reach the broadest range of workers, from cultural minorities with limited education and well-educated majority workers, is the key to our research. Funded research has addressed training needs in agricultural, retail, construction, health care, food service/restaurant, government and transportation industries/settings. Foci of the research is on government workers. The measurement of training effectiveness is a primary focus of the research, including reaction to the training, knowledge or learning of the training content, behavior or work practice change, and results or return on investment. This research is conducted in the laboratories of Drs. Kent Anger and Diane Rohlman (U. of Iowa).• Health, Safety and Wellness in Nail Salon Workers
Workers in nail salons are exposed daily to an array of toxic chemicals with the potential for a variety of adverse health impacts, including cancer, respiratory and reproductive outcomes. However, the salon industry is poorly regulated, research on permissible exposure limits (PELs) for the chemicals they use is outdated and inadequate, and limited English skills of many salon workers pose significant barriers to hazard communication and intervention. There is a need to develop effective informational materials and training for workers in nail salons to minimize workplace exposures and implement sound prevention steps as demonstrated by the existence of and the discussions within the current collaborative that includes Oregon OSHA, the Health Division and DEQ, as well as our Institute. This partnership will engage the nail salon community through a variety of recruitment methods, characterize the population and identify concerns and workplace safety knowledge. It will measure occupational exposures and hazards in an industry with a large proportion of women and immigrant workers, who often have limited access to health care.. The goal of this project is to (1) build a partnership between researchers, community organizations and state agencies to address the health, safety, wellness of the nail salon community, and (2) to establish a basis for future community-based health effects and prevention research with this population by building a strong working relationship through identifying their initial concerns and addressing them.
Kent Anger, PhD
Ryan Olson, PhD