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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.

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Dec 30, 2019
Hair Dyes And Straighteners Linked To Higher Cancer Risk, Especially For Black Women

https://wamu.org/story/19/12/04/hair-dyes-and-straighteners-linked-to-higher-cancer-risk-especially-for-black-women/

New research raises concern about the safety of permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners, especially among African American women. The study was published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer.

Source: NPR

Dec 30, 2019
A Construction Company Embraces Frank Talk About Mental Health To Reduce Suicide

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/12/12/783300736/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.

Source: NPR

Dec 30, 2019
Higher Work Fatality Rate Driven by Transportation Incidents

https://www.ehstoday.com/safety/article/21118746/higher-work-fatality-rate-driven-by-transportation-incidents

This article in EHS Today describes how driver/sales workers and truck drivers had the highest death rate of any other occupational group. It also discusses tools and systems to reduce this risk.

Source: EHS Today

Oct 31, 2019
Cal/OSHA Advises Employers to Protect Workers Against Smoke from Wildfires

http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/2019/10/30/cal-osha-protect-workers-from-wildfires/

On October 27, 2019, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) – an agency more commonly known as Cal/OSHA that helps protect the health and safety of employees in California workplaces – advised employers to protect workers from harmful exposure if the air quality is unhealthy due to the smoke from the wildfires in Northern and Southern California.

Source: ESR

Sep 30, 2019
The Threat of Violence Remains All Too Real for Fast-Food Workers

http://www.grubstreet.com/2019/08/fast-food-workers-violence-report.html

This article summarizes findings shared by the nonprofit National Employment Law Project, in a report released earlier this year titled “Behind the Arches: How McDonald’s Fails to Protect Workers From Workplace Violence.

Source: Grub Street

Sep 30, 2019
New Illicit Drug Tool-Kit for First Responders

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-09-30-19.html

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.

Source: NIOSH

Sep 27, 2019
Smoke-Ready Toolbox for Wildfires

https://www.epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox-wildfires

This website, provided by the USEPA provides resources for workers and the public related to risks related to wildfires, including smoke.

Source: EPA

Jul 17, 2019
Workplace Aggression: Tips for Education and Schools

https://www.ohsu.edu/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/workplace-aggression-tips-education-and-schools

In response to our 2019 Spring Symposium, we determined a need to consolidate and curate resources addressing workplace aggression that might be specific to and most useful for those working in education and schools. While this page doesn't completely capture everything available on the topic, it does provide important basic resources.

Source: OccHealthSci

Jul 11, 2019
Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool School Buildings

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2019-114/pdfs/2019-114-508.pdf?id=10.26616/NIOSHPUB2019114

NIOSH developed this tool to help assess areas of dampness in buildings and to help prioritize remediation of problems areas, and as a way to attempt to prevent the development of mold.

Source: NIOSH

Jun 26, 2019
Making an Evidence-Based Case for Urgent Action to Address Clinician Burnout

https://www.ajmc.com/journals/ajac/2019/2019-vol7-n2/making-an-evidencebased-case-for-urgent-action-to-address-clinician-burnout

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP addresses how clinician burnout is currently a public health epidemic that is threatening the quality and safety of healthcare, as published in the June 2019 edition of the American Journal for Accountable Care. Solutions for action by healthcare systems are offered.

Source: AJMC