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Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Featured Resources provide the latest information on workplace safety, health and well-being. Additional information can be filtered by topic in the supporting navigation to the left of the article content.
More Workers Than You Realize Are Caregivers
One in six U.S. employees are, according to a 2015 AARP report, spending an average of more than 20 hours per week providing assistance of some kind to a friend or relative, according to this article by the Society for Human Resource Management or SHRM. Learn how employers can better support workers who are care giving for others outside of work.
A Construction Company Embraces Frank Talk About Mental Health To Reduce Suicide
National Public Radio's Morning Edition presents this story about how RK, a construction company, has made advances by prioritizing the importance of mental health and suicide prevention strategies.
The Value of Worker Well-Being
This article in 2019 Public Health Reports by Jerome M. Adams addresses the value of worker well-being.
Source: Public Health Reports
Professional Safety: Oregon Organizations Collaborate to Move the Needle Toward Total Worker Health
In this article from the November 2019 issue of the American Society of Safety Professionals Professional Safety Journal, three members of the Oregon Total Worker Health Alliance provide an update on the work of the alliance, includ-ing development of a total worker health training curriculum designed for OSH, workers’ compensation, and human resources practitioners and professions.
Oregon Total Worker Health Alliance
The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (including the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center), Oregon OSHA and SAIF Corporation signed the first state-wide Alliance in 2017. Visit this site to learn more about the Alliance and current activities.
OccHealthSci 2019 Fall Symposium: Substance Use and the Workplace
This Nov. 15, 2019 symposium presented the current knowledge regarding substance use (cannabis, alcohol, opioids, and other substances) and its impact on workplace safety and employee health. Visit the page for access to handouts and recorded webinars.
The Journey to be Well: Implementing Total Worker Health in Eugene, Oregon
This article published in the October, 2019 issue of the American Industrial Hygiene Association's Synergist describes how the City of Eugene, a Total Worker Health Affiliate, approaches safety, health and well-being.
A Report of Findings to Direct the Development of National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention: Executive Summary
The ultimate purpose of the exploratory analysis is to guide the development an interactive, accessible and effective on-line tool designed help employers and others achieve a “zero suicide mindset” and implement best practices to reduce the tragedy of suicide, as prepared by American Association of Suicidology, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and United Suicide Survivors International.
Source: Workplace Suicide Prevention
New Illicit Drug Tool-Kit for First Responders
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) this month released a new virtual Tool-Kit and provides resources to help keep these workers safe when arriving on scene where illicit drugs, including fentanyl, are present or suspected to be present.
From Consciousness to Conscience. The Convergence of Sustainability and Industrial Hygiene
This article from the Synergist, a publication of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, addresses the convergence of sustainability and industrial hygiene, and relates to current discussions on Total Worker Health.