Welcome to the Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses Website. The Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses is an organization of approximately 300 nurses who practice occupational health nursing. OAOHN works together with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) to promote and advance the field of occupational health nursing. When you become a member of AAOHN, you will also be a member of OAOHN.
Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing: Professional Messages:
• The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses has been a leader in workplace health and safety since 1942, representing more than 11-thousand members across the country.
• Occupational and environmental health nursing is a specialty practice that offers health and safety services to workers. They balance the best interest of both workers and employers. OHNs promote healthy and safe practices in the workplace in order to keep workers productive, positively effecting the company’s bottom-line.
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November 3rd – 5th
CURRENT 2016 FALL CONFERENCE FLYER
Are you having problems registering? Call OAOHN’s Executive Director, Becky Miller for assistance at 614-226-4206.
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Climate Change Solutions: is Ohio a leader or laggard?
You are invited to join us for lunch and conversation with leaders at the forefront of addressing climate change. On September 27th a panel of experts will speak on the question – is Ohio a leader or a laggard in the fight against climate change?
This intimate luncheon is intended to foster conversation about what’s being done in Ohio and the U.S. to help slow down the effects of climate change.
The Great Lakes Science Center – Reinberger Auditorium
Boxed lunches will be provided and parking is next to the building.
- Andrew Williams, Senior State Regulatory and Legislative Affairs Manager US Climate and Energy, Environmental Defense Fund
- Aparna Bole, Medical Director of Community Integration and a pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
- David Orr, “Counselor to the President” at Oberlin College and Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Emeritus
- Shanelle Smith, Deputy Director, Cuyahoga County Sustainability Office
This event is hosted by the Ohio Environmental Council in partnership with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Moms Clean Air Force, National Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club.
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Dear ANHE Nurses,
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they had finalized the first-ever national limits on dangerous methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. This is a BIG DEAL because currently the oil and gas industry is leaking millions of tons of methane pollution and toxic chemicals into the air – harming our health and speeding up climate change.
Thank the EPA for taking action to cut dangerous methane pollution.
Oil and gas wells and other equipment across our country emit millions of tons of methane gas each year into our atmosphere, along with toxic chemicals, through the practices of venting, leaking, and flaring. These chemicals pose a significant public health threat and this regulation is a good first step in reducing these harmful pollutants.
Methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions contribute to ground level ozone formation. Ozone, otherwise known as smog, is a toxic air pollutant that is harmful to the respiratory system. Exposure to ozone can trigger asthma attacks, increase the risk of cardiac and other respiratory issues, increase emergency room visits, and contribute to early death. It is also linked to poor pregnancy outcomes such as low birth weight babies and preterm delivery, both of which can have lifelong negative health implications for that infant. VOCs such as benzene and formaldehyde are also known carcinogens.
Besides contributing to ozone formation, methane is also a potent greenhouse gas and this new standard will make a meaningful difference in our work to mitigate the effects of climate change. Climate change is the most pressing public health issue we face today. As nurses we are already seeing the impacts of climate change in our patients and communities.
Thank Gina McCarthy for taking this important step to combat climate change and protect our health.
The rule on new sources of methane pollution is a strong first step to address climate change and reduce toxic chemical emissions. Now, we must build on that great progress, and we need you to join nurses from around the country and speak out and encourage the EPA to quickly enact standards for existing sources of methane as well.
Ask Gina McCarthy to finish what she’s started — add your name now.
Thanks for all that you do,
Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM
Director of Programs
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
BWC proposes workers’ comp opioid prescribing rule
COLUMBUS – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Acting Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today announced a proposed new opioid prescribing rule to support the health and safety of Ohio’s injured workers. The proposed rule, presented at the monthly meeting of the BWC Board of Directors Medical Services and Safety Committee, defines best medical practices for the use of opioids to treat workplace injuries and illnesses. The rule would be the first of its kind in Ohio law.
“While opioid prescriptions are often an appropriate part of treatment for workplace injuries and illnesses, we know that long-term use can actually hinder recovery and a timely return to work,” said Morrison. “Ohio’s injured workers deserve the best possible treatment that addresses their medical needs without facing the life-changing consequences of opioid dependence or addiction.”
Under the rule, reimbursement for opioid prescriptions would be limited to claims in which current best medical practices are followed. The rule builds upon best practices developed by Governor Kasich’s Cabinet Opioid Action Team by addressing the needs of injured workers. Best practices include the development of an individualized treatment plan, risk assessment and close monitoring of the progress and improvement in function of the worker. The goal is to ensure best practices are followed at the onset of an injury, and throughout the course of treatment so injured workers receive care that ultimately improves their condition.
The rule also allows BWC to provide treatment for opioid dependence that arises from the use of opioid medications covered by BWC. Treatment for dependence could include psychological counseling and medication assisted treatment for recovery. Finally, a new peer-review process would address a prescriber’s failure to comply with best practices.
BWC began making improvements to its pharmacy program in 2010 to ensure injured workers receive medications necessary for their recovery without endangering their health. Since the creation of BWC’s first-ever formulary, there has been an ongoing reduction in prescriptions for opiates, as well as commonly overused drugs. Total opioid doses have decreased by 23.8 million, or 41 percent, since 2010.
“We’re in the midst of an opioid crisis in this state and across the country,” said Dr. Stephen Woods, BWC Chief Medical Officer. “This rule has important implications not just for injured workers, but to their families, friends and their surrounding communities.”
The BWC Board of Directors is expected to vote on the proposal during its May 26 meeting. If approved, the rule would become effective Oct. 1, 2016.
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