Preventing Falls Through Skylights


On average, 16 workers die on the job each day in the US. Many of these workplace tragedies can be prevented. Learn more about fatal falls in the five minute video,  Preventing Falls Through Skylights, produced by the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program in the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health.




UCSF OEHN: AAOHN Foundation Grant Awarded

We are pleased to announce that Miranda Surjadi RN, MS, ANP and Barbara Burgel RN, PhD, FAAN, faculty at UCSF’s School of Nursing, Community Health Systems, were awarded funding from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Foundation to conduct a survey with American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) members to determine their hepatitis C virus (HCV) competence (knowledge, attitudes, confidence) and their current HCV outreach strategies in their worksite (education, screening, linkage to care). The awardees also will determine best practices and any worksite barriers to HCV outreach. Surjadi will present a webinar for AAOHN members, and present two sessions at the AAOHN Conference in Reno in 2018.




The Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training (OIPRT), in concert with programs in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing, and Industrial Hygiene, among others, is part of the nationally funded Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. This program provides a multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach to advanced academic and research training, with a primary goal to prevent and control occupational injuries.

Students will be engaged in course work and research in the general realm of injury epidemiology and control. Some examples of past and current research efforts, both epidemiological/surveillance and clinical investigations, have included agricultural trauma, low-back injury, repetitive motion trauma, health practices and injuries in the workplace, work-related amputations, transportation-related injuries, and work-related violence. Integral to these efforts is a basic understanding of dynamic interactions among the agents/energies (mechanical, chemical, thermal, electrical, radiation, etc.) and the hosts/worker populations within the environment.

View the official flyer here: MCOHS (PDF) and learn more at: http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/academics/oiprt/introduction.html.


Sleep Awareness Week, April 23–29, 2017



Sleep Awareness Week, the National Sleep Foundation’s annual campaign to educate the public about the importance of sleep in health and safety, is observed April 23–29, 2017.

The amount of sleep a person needs changes with age. Adults need ≥7 hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being; children and adolescents require even more sleep. Sleep needs decrease from 12–16 hours of sleep per 24 hours (including naps) for infants aged 4–12 months to 8–10 hours of sleep for teenagers aged 13–18 years. Children who regularly sleep less than the recommended amount are more likely to have behavior and learning problems, physical and mental health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, depression, or injuries. A regular bedtime routine can help children get adequate sleep. (References)

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides advice for parents at https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/sleep. Additional details about how much sleep is recommended across a lifespan is available at https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/how_much_sleep.html.