The Mountain & Plains ERC has the pleasure of working with students, industries and community partners in the region to execute practice in the real world of occupational health and safety. This includes reporting from trainees, working with surrounding states on their surveillance programs, teaching interdisciplinary courses, partnering with local organizations to improve health and safety and even going on some very fun industrial site visits.
Occupational Health Surveillance
Keeping track of workplace injuries and illnesses is critical. By paying close attention to injury and illness trends, public health professionals identify ways to intervene and prevent further morbidity and mortality.
Find out about the Occupational Health Surveillance Programs
Holding Mother Earth Sacred Exhibit
The Mountain & Plains ERC is proud to support a collaborative effort between Earl Dotter, Cindy Becnel, and four tribal communities that documents how these four sovereign nations develop energy resources (conventional, renewable, alternative), create jobs and ensure worker safety.
View photos from HMES
WorkSafe Colorado is a non-profit organization that grew organically from strategic planning meetings held to develop Colorado's occupational health surveillance program. The organization now represents stakeholders in industry, academia, state & local government, as well as the broader community. We are proud to have been part of WorkSafe's development and we look forward to continuing a relationship with WorkSafe into the future.
Industrial Site Visits
A couple of times each semester, the MAP ERC arranges industrial site visits to get students out of the ivory tower to see first-hand what OESH practice looks like. The site visits give MPH students at the Colorado School of Public Health a chance to understand what occupational health is about.
Check out videos and photos from site visits here
Interdisciplinary Course Projects
Every semester, interdisciplinary teams of ERC trainees work together on projects in the "real world." While working on these interdisciplinary projects, trainees become familiar with "other" scientific disciplines, they begin building professional relationships that will continue well into the future and they gain valuable experience working in the community.
Watch student videos from the course
Advancing Ergonomics at New Belgium Brewery
While she was working toward her doctoral dissertation in ergonomics at CSU, Mountain & Plains ERC trainee Dr. Angela Dartt worked with New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins. By the end of her work, she had a list of recommendations that the brewery could implement to reduce their employees' risk.
Take a closer look at Dr. Dartt's research
Designing the Age Friendly Workplace
It may come as no surprise that it's becoming more and more common for workers to delay retirement and keep working past the traditional retirement age of 65. In fact, in the coming decades, we'll see more workers in their sixties, seventies and eighties than we ever have before. Without going into the details, there are a complex set of forces compelling people to work later in life. The Mountain & Plains ERC is working with its sister organization at the University of Washington (the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety) to identify the best practices for designing "age friendly" workplaces that promote safe and healthful work throughout employees' lives.
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