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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), will host the seventh annual meeting for state occupational safety and health colleagues from the Western United States. The meeting will be held at the Table Mountain Inn in Golden, Colorado, September 11-12, 2014

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 (see agenda below). 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.

If you would like more information or if you have any questions, please contact Yvonne Boudreau (

WestON 2014​ Tentative Agenda

Thursday - September 11, 2014
7:30am  l Registration
8:00am  l Welcome: Margaret Kitt, NIOSH Deputy Director from Programs
8:30am  l Introductions: Yvonne Boudreau, NIOSH Western States Office
9:00am  l Updates from NIOSH: Moderator Kris Carter, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
              Climate Change Intiative: Max Kiefer and Jennifer Lincoln, NIOSH
              Wildland Fire Fighter Activities: Corey Butler, Aaron Sussell and Joshua Scott, NIOSH
10:00am l Q+A and Discussion
10:15am l Break
10:30am l What's New in Other Nations: Moderator Joe McLaughlin, Alaska State Epidemiologist
              Navajo Nation: Shawnevan Dale: Navajo Nation OSHA
              Occupation Safety & Health in Canada: Lewinda Knowles, Alberta Ministry of Job, Skills, Training & Labour
11:30am l Q+A and Discussion
11:45am l Lunch [on your own]
1:15pm  l Teamwork in the West: Moderator Heidi Bojes, Texas Department of State Health Services
              Meatpacking- Here's the Beef: Derry Stover, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services; Ketki 
                 Patel, University of Nebraska Medical Center; and Karen Mulloy, Case Western University
              All-terrain Vehichle Hazards- From Data to Action: David Gilkey, MAPERC and David Elenbaas, Montana                        Department of Labor and Industry
2:45pm  l Q+A and Discussion
3:00pm  l Break
3:15pm  l Quick Takes 1: Moderator Meredith Towle, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
              Enhancing our understanding of fatal events in the oil and gas industry: A collabrotive pilot project: Sophie                  Ridl, NIOSH Western States Office
              State-based occupational safety and health resources interavtive map: Liz Dalsey, NIOSH Western States                    Office 
               Roof core as a modifier of dermal exposures amoung hot asphalt roofers: Berrin Serdar, Colorado School                   of Public Health
3:40pm  l Panel Discussion: Moderator Jason Wilken
4:05pm  l Quick Takes 2: Moderator Michelle Haan, Center for Worker Health & Environment
              The spectrum of occupation lung diseases in military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan: Silpa                      Krefft, National Jewish Health 
              Improving health and charecterizing the burden of disease among western miners: Tristan Victoroff, NIOSH                   Division of Respiratory Disease Studies
              Occupational Lung/cardiovascular disease risks in Navajo coal Minders: Cecile Rose, National Jewish Health
4:30pm  l Panel Discussion: Moderator John Beckman
5:00pm  l Adjourn
6:00pm  l Dinner: El Dorado Mexican Restaurant​ - 720 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO 80401 

Friday - September 12, 2014
8:00am  l Using NIOSH Industry and Occupation Computerized Coding System                                                    (NIOCCS)Moderator Steven Wurzelbacher, NIOSH
              What is NIOCCS?: Sue Nowlin, NIOSH
              Violent deaths and occupation in Colorado: Meredith Towle, Colorado Department of Public Health                               & Environment
              Coding Occupation of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in California: Rebecca Jackson, California Department of                       Industrial Relations
9:15am  l Q+A and Discussion
9:30am  l Break
9:45am  l Out in the FieldModerator Mack Sewell, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
             Investigating Fatalities in the Oil and Gas Idustry: Mike Todd, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
             Exposure Hazards in Oil and Gas Extraction Workers: Bradley King, NIOSH Western States Office
11:00am l Q+A and Discussion
11:15am l Future directions, open discussion and wrap-up: Bob Harrison
12:00pm l Adjourn- ​Save the Date for the 2015 WestOn: September 17-18 

WestON 2013​ Presentations

The sixth annual Western Occupational Network (WestON) meeting was held September 26-27, 2013, in Golden, Colorado.

Speaker Bios WestON 2013.pdf

Thursday - September 26, 2013

Working with Tribal Partners

Pilot Projects

Total Worker Health

Getting More out of BLS Data

Friday - September 27, 2013

News from NIOSH
Investigating Occupational Infectious Disease

Visit the CSTE WestOn site here​

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