New! Adult Blood Lead Reporting in Oregon, 2006-2010
Elevated blood lead levels are a serious public health problem. Oregon is one of 40 states that participate in the Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) program. The public health objective of the ABLES program corresponds to the Healthy People 2020 objective OSH-7, which is to reduce the proportion of persons who have elevated blood lead concentrations from work exposures. This report summarizes adult lead tests in individuals 16 years of age and older between 2006 and 2010. It also describes the partnerships that Oregon relies on to develop and implement intervention strategies. Access the report here.
Occupational Health in Oregon
OPHP published Occupational Health in Oregon, a report about worker health in the state. The occupational health indicators that OPHP generates for the State-based Surveillance (SBS) grant are a small portion of their surveillance activities; the profile is intended to provide a broader perspective. The report includes sections on fatal and non-fatal injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, burns, lead and pesticide poisonings, asthma, pneumoconiosis, mesothelioma, and special populations.
Work-related Asthma in Oregon
This report, published jointly by the Oregon Asthma Program
and OPHP, describes work-related asthma and its public health signifiance, summarizes how it is measured and what the data show, and provides recommendations for prevention and management of this condition. The report can be found by following this link
Peer-reviewed journal articles
The occupational public health staff in the Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority have authored and contributed to the following peer-reviewed journal articles:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wuellner SE, Walters JK, St. Louis T, Leinenkugel K, Rogers PF, Lefkowitz D, Davis LK, Gelberg K, Zak MJ, Castillo D (2011). Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses among older workers—United States, 2009. MMWR 60(16):503-508.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Green MK, Harrison R, Leinenkugel K, Nguyen CB, Towle M, Schoonover T, Bunn T, Northwood J, Pratt SG, Myers JR (2011). Occupational highway transportation deaths—United States, 2003-2008. MMWR 60(16):497-502.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Bonauto DK, Fan JZ, Largo TW, Rosenman KD, Green MK, Walters JK, Materna BL, Flattery J, St. Louis T, Yu L, Fang S, Davis LK, Valiante DJ, Cummings KR, Hellsten JJ, Prosperie SL (2010): Proportion of Workers Who Were Work-Injured and Payments by Workers' Compensation Systems--10 States, 2007. MMWR 59(29): 897-900.
Calvert GM, Karnik J, Mehler L, Beckman J, Morrissey B, Sievert J, Barrett R, Lackovic M, Mabee L, Schwartz A, Mitchell Y, Moraga-McHaley S (2008): Acute pesticide poisoning among agricultural workers in the United States, 1998-2005. Am J Ind Med 51:883-898.
Weinmann S, Vollmer W, Breen V, Heumann M, Hnizdo E, Villnave J, Doney B, Graziani M, McBurnie MA, Buist AS (2008): COPD and Occupational Exposures: A Case-Control Study. J Occup Environ Med 50(5):561-569.
Wheeler K, Kass D, Hoffman RS, Lackovic M, Mitchell Y, Barrett R, Morrissey B, Mehler L, Diebolt-Brown B, Waltz J, Schwartz A, Calvert GM, Luckhaupt SE (2008): Illnesses and injuries related to total release foggers--eight states, 2001-2006. Mor Mortal Wkly Rep CDC 57(41):1125-1129.
Calvert GM, Petersen AM, Sievert J, Ball C, Mehler LN, Das R, Harter LC, Romoli C, Becker A, Ball C, Male D, Schwartz A, Lackovic M (2007): Acute pesticide poisoning in the US retail industry, 1998-2004. Public Health Rep 122:232-244.
Calvert GM, Barnett M, Mehler LN, Becker A, Das R, Beckman J, Male D, Sievert J, Thomsen C, Morrissey B (2006): Acute pesticide-related illness among emergency responders, 1993-2002. Am J Ind Med 49:383-393.
Alarcon WA, Calvert GM, Blondell JM, Mehler LN, Sievert J, Propeck M, Tibbetts DS, Becker A, Lackovic M, Soileau SB, Das R, Beckman J, Male DP, Thomsen CL, Stanbury M (2005): Acute illnesses associated with pesticide exposures at schools. JAMA 294:455-565.
Calvert GM, Plate DK, Das R, Rosales R, Shafey O, Thomsen C, Male D, Beckman J, Arvizu E, Lackovic M (2004): Acute occupational pesticide-related illness in the US, 1998-1999: surveillance findings from the SENSOR-pesticides program. Am J Ind Med 45:14-23.
Calvert GM, Mehler LN, Rosales R, Baum L, Thomsen C, Male D, Shafey O, Das R, Lackovic M, Arvizu E (2003): Acute pesticide-related illnesses among working youths, 1988-1999. Am J Public Health 93:605-610.
Mauer M, Rosales R, Sievert J, Propeck M, Becker A, Arvizu E, Hadzizanovic M, Mehler L, Profant D
, Thomsen C
, Baum L, Lackovic M, Granger J, Calvert GM, Alarcon WA (2003): Surveillance for Acute Insecticide-Related Illness Associated with Mosquito-Control Efforts - Nine States, 1999-2002
. Mor Mortal Wkly Rep CDC 52(27): 629-634.
Andrus J, Fleming D, Heumann M, Wassell J, Hopkins D, Gordon J (1991): Surveillance of Attempted Suicide among Adolescents in Oregon, 1988. Am J Public Health 81(8):1067-1069.
Feldstein A, Heumann M, Barnett M (1991): Fumigant intoxication during transport of grain by railroad. J Occup Med 33:64-5.
Green M, Heumann M, Sokolow R, Foster L, Bryant R, Skeels M (1990): Public Health Implications of the Microbial Pesticide Bacillus Thuringiensis: An Epidemiological Study, Oregon, 1985-86. Am J Public Health 80(7):848-852.
Green M, Heumann M, Wehr H, Foster L, Williams Jr. L, Polder J, Morgan C, Wagner S, Wanke L, Witt J (1987): An Outbreak of Watermelon-Borne Pesticide Toxicity. Am J Public Health 77(11):1431-1434.
Communicable Disease (CD) Summary
The CD Summary
is a publication of the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, and is distributed every two weeks. The intended audience is licensed health care providers; public health and health care agencies; media representatives; medical laboratories; hospitals; and other individuals and institutions with an interest in epidemiology and public health interests.
Past issues related to environmental or occupational public health are listed below:
December 15, 2009 (Vol. 58, No.25) Acute Pesticide Poisoning in Oregon: An Incomplete View? (pdf)
October 14, 2008 (Vol. 57, No.21) Winded at Work (pdf)
March 20, 2007 (Vol. 56, No.6) Arsenic, Drinking Water, and Environmental Exposure (pdf)
March 23, 2004 (Vol. 53, No.6) Pesticide Poisoning From Synthetic Pyrethroids (pdf)
June 5, 2001 (Vol. 50, No.12) Something in the Air (and the Water, and the Food...) (pdf)
May 11, 1999 (Vol.48, No.10) Health Issues Among Migrant/Seasonal Farm Workers (pdf)
To view current or other past issues visit the CD Summary homepage.
Putting Data to Work
Putting Data to Work is a quarterly publication by OPHP that provides readers with concise descriptions of work-related issues. Typically it provides a scope of the problem summary, epidemiological data, description and/or diagnosis of the injury/illness, case summary, prevention recommendations, conclusions, resources, and references.
Summer 2009 Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (pdf)
Spring 2009 Occupational Noise-induced Hearing Loss (pdf)
Winter 2008 Young Workers (pdf)
Summer 2008 Burn Injuries (pdf)
Summer 2008 Work-related Asthma (pdf)
Fall 2007 Responding to Pesticide-Related Emergency Events (pdf)
Fall 2006 The Importance of Taking Environmental Exposure Histories (pdf)
Summer 2005 Occupational Health Surveillance (pdf)