Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ERC Trainees Visit Animal Shelter to Assess Workplace Risks

Occupational Health Nursing and Occupational Health at the Human-Animal Interface (OHHA) trainees participated in the Spring ERC training field trip this year. They visited the Seattle Animal Shelter in the Interbay area to tour the facility and discuss all of the occupational health issues that can occur in this unique setting. Some of the identified occupational health and safety risks included interaction with unknown animals, structural challenges, biological materials, slippery surfaces, accoustic controls and loud barking, teeth and claws, and compassion fatigue.

ERC trainee Max shared his experience on the field trip:

"There were a lot of best practices and safety implementations at the shelter. Examples include protocol for handling aggressive animals, isolation chambers prior to introducing new animals to the ones at the shelter for disease protection, and treatment options for the animals to prevent any disease outbreaks both to the people and animals. Other safety measures included housekeeping, which was very visible. All rooms in the facility were clean and dust free, which helps prevent exposures."

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Northwest Center Participates in Region-wide Outreach

Nancy meeting with Dede Montgomery
and Kent Anger
Northwest Center Continuing Education Director, Nancy Simcox, participated in several recent outreach activities. Outreach is a key component of the Northwest Center mission, and contributes to our efforts to create valuable community partnerships with others working in health and safety.

"As part of our NWC outreach activities this past month, I attended the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference and the Alaska Governor's Safety and Health Conference. These regional conferences provide us great opportunities to connect with practitioners and NWCOHS alumni to share research, resources and upcoming professional development course offerings.  

Lynda Kreps from the University of
Alaska visiting the NWC booth
It's always great to visit with many of our colleagues like Dede Montgomery and Kent Anger in Oregon.  I enjoy meeting with new health and safety professionals to exchange ideas and solicit information from those who are working to prevent injuries and illnesses inthe workplace. As the new Director of AKOSH,  Deborah Kelly shared new regulatory changes, training ideas and new emphasis areas for Alaska during her great keynote presentation.  I also discussed our new NWC Professional Training Opportunities Program with students and staff from University of Alaska Anchorage including Diane Runge, Dean of AAU-CTC."

Making new connections
in AK for the NWC PTOP

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