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Sharing Best Practices

 The NIOSH Western States Office, in conjunction with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAPERC), hosted the seventh annual Western States Occupational Network (WestON) meeting for state occupational safety and health colleagues from the Western United States. The meeting was held at the Table Mountain Inn in Golden, Colorado, September 11-12, 2014.

The next WestON meeting is planned for September 17-18, 2015. If you would like more information or if you have any questions, please contact Yvonne Boudreau (


Every year, WestON convenes to provide an opportunity for Western state and local public health officials to meet and share ideas for establishing and maintaining epidemiological capacity and collaborating with colleagues to expand on efforts to build a strong occupational safety and health network in the West. Information on key western worker safety and health issues, available resources and mechanisms for developing effective state occupational safety and health programs will be discussed. Attendees include state epidemiologists, state and local health department officials, statistics coordinators, NIOSH, OSHA, Education and Research Center/Agriculture Center representatives, and others interested in occupational surveillance and occupational safety and health in the Western United States. For information about previous WestON meetings see below.


WestON 2014​ Presentations

Thursday - September 11, 2014

  • ​Welcome - Margaret Kitt, NIOSH Deputy Director for Programs

  • Teamwork in the West:

    • Meatpacking- Here's the Beef (Part1_MulloyPart 2_Stover) - Derry Stover, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services; Ketki Patel, University of Nebraska Medical Center; and Karen Mulloy, Case Western University

    • All-Terrain Vehicle Hazards - David Gilkey, MAPERC & David Elenbaas, Montana Department of Labor & Industry


Friday - September 12, 2014

Visit the CSTE website for more WestON information.


Coming Soon - WestON presentations from 2013 and older dates. In the meantime, please email if you'd like to be connected to a past presentation.


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