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.


Posted 8/11/16



November 3rd – 5th

Columbus, Ohio

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2016 OAOHN Conference Flyer 8-2-16


Posted 8/11/16

Join the Northeast & Western Reserve Chapters
of the Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses
Complimentary Lunch and Seminar

Illegal Drugs in the Workplace…what’s new?

The Acacia Reservation
26899 Cedar Rd
Lyndhurst, OH 44122
(Located off of I-271 on Cedar Rd., across from the Beachwood Mall)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm.



Posted 7/15/16

OAOHN’s President, Shanna Dunbar  was a recent presenter for a statewide educational program put on by Hometown Urgent Care to offer employers ways to promote Employee Population Health.  Shanna spoke on how an OHN can assist in developing a Culture of Wellness.

The panel spoke in Youngstown, Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus during the months of  May and June.

hometown panel (1)

Posted 6/27/16

2017 Call for Nominations

Nominations are being sought for the following positions:

President-Elect Term: 2017-2019 The President-Elect shall automatically succeed to the office of President after a two year term, in the absence of the President assume the duties of the President, assume other duties assigned by the bylaws, governance policies or Board of Directors and succeed to office of President in accordance with provisions in Sections 7A (bylaws) in event of vacancy of that office. (To be eligible for President Elect, candidates must have served a minimum of 2 years as a Director within the preceding 5 years.)
Secretary Term: 2017-2019 The Secretary shall be responsible for the integrity of the Board’s documents. The Secretary shall serve for two years or until a successor has been elected and assumes office. (To be eligible for Secretary, candidates must have served a minimum of 2 years as a Director within the preceding 5 years.)
Director (5) Term: 2017-2020 One Director from each region shall be elected. The term of office for Directors shall be three years or until their successors have been elected and assume office.
Election Committee (5) Term: 2017-2019 One Election Committee member from each region shall be elected. Election Committee members shall serve a term of two years. The Chairman of the Election Committee shall be the person who receives the most votes.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Must be an Active or Life Member of AAOHN
  • Occupational Health Nursing Experience
  • AAOHN Organizational Experience
    • National
    • Regional
    • State
    • Local
  • Leadership Skills
  • Writing Ability
  • Communication Skills
  • Ability to work with others

In addition to the above qualifications, the positions of President-Elect and Secretary require a minimum of two years service as a member of the AAOHN Board of Directors within the last five years. Please review the job descriptionsfor each job category (posted online at aaohn.org under Membership>Elections) which will give you more in depth information about the roles and responsibilities of each of the elected positions.

Self-nominations are encouraged. Terms of office begin at the annual business meeting conducted during the AAOHN National Conference in April 2017. If elected to the AAOHN Board of Directors, attendance at a minimum of 90% of board meetings is expected (current schedule: 6 virtual meetings and one face to face meeting annually).

The AAOHN Election Committee will review every application with the goal of developing a qualified slate of candidates. Every effort will be made to slate at least two candidates for each office on the ballot.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS (nomination/consent to serve form due): July 1, 2016




Updated 6/27/16


Warmer weather often means being outside more. When it comes to sun exposure, you can take steps to protect your skin: use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher; cover up with long sleeves and a hat and stay out of the sun during peak hours.

During UV Safety Month, OAOHN would like to encourage you to care for yourself and your loved ones by reminding you of the importance of regular skin screenings.


OAOHN would like to remind you that June is Men’s Health Month. Join the millions of men who get their recommended health “tune-up” by scheduling their annual health screenings with their doctors. Make an appointment for yours today!


To read this month’s resources CLICK HERE


Updated 6/27/16


NOVEMBER 3rd – 5th, 2016

Quest Conference Center

Columbus, Ohio




Posted 6/10/16

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


Posted 6/5/16

$4.6M available in
Susan Harwood grants to help identify and prevent workplace hazards for high-risk, vulnerable workers

OSHA is soliciting applications under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. A total of $4.6 million is available for nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations and colleges and universities.

The grant program supports hands-on training and educational programs and development of materials for workers and employers in small businesses; industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; temporary workers and workers who are underserved, or have limited English proficiency.

Funds are available through two types of grants – Targeted Topic Training and Capacity Building. Applications must be submitted electronically by June 28, 2016. For more information about the program and application process, see OSHA’s list of frequently asked questions and read the news release.

Posted 6/5/16

The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC)

The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) is a national initiative created to make progress to increase the number of nurse leaders in pivotal decision-making roles on boards and commissions that work to improve the health of everyone in America. This will help engage and recruit nurses into leadership roles. The goal is to have 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020. Sign up at www.nursesonboardscoalition.org to indicate if you are interested in serving on a board or currently serve on a board. By signing up, you are helping to build the future of our profession and more importantly improve the health of America. Please pass this along to other nurses you know.


Posted 5/30/16

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.

Follow BWC on Twitter.


Posted 5/30/16

OSHA Finalizes Controversial Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its final rule revising its regulations on the recording and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses.

Under the rule, establishments with 250 or more employees must electronically submit their Form 300, 300A, and 301 information to OSHA or an OSHA designee on an annual basis. Establishments with 20 or more employees, but less than 250 employees in certain designated industries must submit their Form 300A information electronically on an annual basis as well. Additionally, employers may also have to submit additional information upon notification. Under this requirement, an employer will be required to submit data electronically if OSHA orders it to do so as part of a specific data collection. Most controversially, OSHA intends to post the establishment-specific injury and illness data on its public website.

The final rule also amends some existing recordkeeping regulations to include more whistleblower protections. Under the new rule, employers must inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses. The rule also clarifies that an employer’s procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses must be reasonable and not deter the reporting of an injury. Finally, the rule incorporates pre-existing statutory prohibitions on retaliation.

The final rule is slated to take effect on January 1, 2017. Employers satisfying the above criteria must submit their 2016 injury and illness data by July 1, 2017, and their 2017 information by July 1, 2018.

The final rule could also create a host of legal headaches for employers moving forward. First and foremost, employers would be wise to immediately review their own workplace policies to ensure they do not deter employees from reporting injuries, as prohibited by the new rule. Additionally, smaller employers should be on the lookout for potential privacy breaches, as the publication of the data, even without names and addresses, could still permit a reader to piece together the identity of the injured worker.


Posted 5/4/16

Water, Water, Everywhere!
New EH Programs and Resources

New CDC Program To Improve Drinking Water from Wells

About 1 in 9 American residents get their drinking water from a private well, and about 1 in 5 sampled private wells were found to be contaminated at levels considered unsafe. Explore CDC’s new Safe Water for Community Health (Safe WATCH) drinking water improvement program improvement steps, videos, and other free tools and resources to help your health department address problems with wells and other private drinking water sources in your community.

Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Network Webinar
May 17, at 1:00 pm EDT
“Considering MAHC Adoption: First Steps”

Register today for the next MAHC Network webinar on Tuesday, May 17. The topic for this bimonthly webinar is “Considering MAHC Adoption: First Steps” featuring guest speaker Jim Rada, Director of Environmental Health Services for Jefferson County Public Health, Colorado. The MAHC Network is a community for MAHC users, subject-matter experts, and those hoping to learn about the code.

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Toolkit

Swim season is right around the corner, and so is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (May 23-29). Take a look at CDC’s toolkit for this observance and make this summer the healthiest swim season yet.

Update from the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code
(and Why You Should Join)

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) comprises  members from public health and the aquatics industry who are committed to keeping the MAHC current, sustainable, and easily understood and implemented. In this column, guest author and CMAHC President Doug Sackett discusses the 1st Biennial CMAHC Conference and the future of the MAHC. This article was published in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health.

The Value of Environmental Health Services Webinar
Thursday, May 5, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT.

Environmental health interventions fundamentally focus on upstream actions to prevent disease and create healthy, supportive environments downstream. This webinar will give an overview of an economic evaluation of environmental health interventions and the shared value of investing in environmental health. Register today.

Updated 4/29/16

OAOHN Job Board

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Posted 4/8/16

Shanna Dunbar Photos


Posted 4/8/16

Distracted Driving: One Call Can Change Everything

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  CLICK HERE to read more


Posted 4/8/16

New methods to delivering care that can save your employees money and keep them out of surgery

Thursday, April 14, 2016  noon – 1 pm

3 Summit Park Auditorium (Lower Level) Independence, OH (just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

Join us to discuss two new entities in Northeast Ohio that strive to save patients money and time in treating a variety of orthopedic conditions.  Founded by internationally renowned shoulder surgeon Reuben Gobezie, MD, GO Ortho is an urgent care specifically designed to get patients in front of an orthopedic specialist fast. The facility saves them the hassle of going to the ER and more importantly the ER level price tag. GO Ortho offers same day appointments that are billed as regular orthopedic office visits.

GO Ortho’s sister practice, Regen Orthopedics, uses the latest advances in regenerative medicine, to provide non-surgical treatment for pain using your own adult stem cells. These treatments enable your own adult stem cells to repair injured tissues, reduce inflammation and stop pain. Patients have been able to avoid costly surgeries, physical therapy and/or ongoing steroid treatment for pain.

Presenter: Dr. Trevor Bullock is a board-certified, orthopedic specialist with fellowship training in sports medicine. He has treated athletes in a number of different capacities as a team physician on the professional, collegiate and high school levels throughout Ohio. Dr. Bullock has served as a team physician for the Cleveland Arrows (AA team for Cleveland Indians) and Kent State as well as numerous high schools in the area. Beyond conventional orthopedic treatments, Dr. Bullock also has extensive training in musculoskeletal ultrasound and treats a wide variety of orthopedic injuries with platelet rich plasma and bone marrow concentrate (stem cell) injections.  In addition to overseeing the care of athletes, Dr. Bullock was a former member of Ohio University’s football team and graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

For more information on Regen Orthopedics, visit www.regenorthopedics.com

Lunch Provided


Posted 3/9/16

OAOHN at Ohio Safety Congress

March 9th – 11th  Columbus, OH

2016 Photo - Safety Congress

(From left:  Lavita Ewing, Terri Gaeta, Fran Burrows and Shanna Dunbar)

A BIG THANK YOU to ALL who ‘manned’ our booth at the OSC!

I think it is a great way to get the word out there about Occupational Health Nursing and how we can help employers in so many ways improve the health & productivity of their workforce!

I think we also recruited a few nurses to check out our organization too!

Mary Elsing – You did a TERRIFIC job coordinating this event so thank you so much!

Please share with your chapters the great time we had and for every member to consider coming to this conference next year.  It is FREE and they are offering nursing CEUs for many of the classes!!



Posted 3/9/16

What Does Hydraulic Fracturing Mean For Healthcare?

Survey Invitation Letter


Posted 1/6/16

The NIOSH Science Blog has been updated: The Opioid Overdose Epidemic and the Workplace

There is a growing epidemic of drug and opioid overdose deaths in the United States. It is clear that this national epidemic is impacting workers and employers. NIOSH invites interested stakeholders to provide input on the draft CDC opioid prescribing guidelines through January 13, 2016. Read more on the NIOSH Science Blog.



Posted 1/6/16

NIOSH Research Rounds
NIOSH Research Rounds is a monthly bulletin of selected research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Volume 1, Number 6 (December 2015)

Black Lung Disease Affects Both Current and Former Coal Miners

A new study at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) underscores the importance of anticipating respiratory disease, including black lung disease and loss of lung function, in former coal miners to allow them to receive an appropriate diagnosis and medical care. The study also shows the importance of reducing exposures to coal mine dust, which puts current miners at risk for this serious work-related illness. Black lung disease is also known as pneumoconiosis.

In the current study, NIOSH investigators compared results from the program’s testing of active and former coal miners in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. They found that former miners were significantly more likely than current miners to have signs of black lung disease on x-ray imaging and impaired lung function on spirometry tests. The increased rate of disease among former miners persisted even after controlling for other possible causes, such as length of time spent mining, smoking, and body-mass index, or weight relative to height. On average, these former miners had not worked in the mines for 14 years. These findings indicate that black lung disease continues to be a serious public health problem in the United States that affects not only current miners, but also former miners.

Read More…
Study to Evaluate Physical Effects of Personal Protective Equipment

If you watch or read the news, you may have seen images of healthcare providers covered head to toe in bulky garments as they treat hospital patients who have a contagious disease. During disease outbreaks, these garments, collectively called a personal protective equipment (PPE) ensemble, play a critical role in public health. PPE ensembles protect wearers from job-related exposure to disease-causing germs. They also reduce the risk that healthcare workers will become infected while treating seriously ill patients and further spread a contagion.

The problem is that PPE ensembles can also hinder the worker’s movement and comfort, particularly in extreme weather conditions, such as excessive heat. Previous research has shown that these effects can decrease physical performance and increase the risk of other injuries, like overexertion and slips, trips, and falls. Now, a new 3-year study at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will evaluate the precise ways that PPE might put stress on the body and, subsequently, affect comfort and job performance.

Read More…
Headform Could Help Advance Respirator Performance Testing

Life sometimes imitates art, but does science? Perhaps, at least at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Researchers are using a newly developed headform—a life-size, life-like replica of the human head and face—to advance the science of respiratory protection for workers.

When workers wear respirators on the job to keep from breathing harmful airborne contaminants, the respirator must be tightly sealed to the face to provide the respirator’s expected level of protection. NIOSH researchers used silicone, a highly flexible, synthetic material, to simulate the naturally occurring differences in skin thickness found on the human face to create a remarkably accurate—and eerily life-like—image. Using a database of high-tech computer scans that showed head/face size measurements of people, researchers were able to create composite images of representational head/face sizes of the U.S. workforce. The 3D composites were then used to develop the physical headform models.

Read More…
Training, Communication, and Other Improvements Recommended After Fire Fighter Death

Fire investigators at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have recommended training, communication, and other improvements to a Maryland fire department after the recent death of a shift safety officer.

After a fire on November 12, 2014, a 62-year-old shift safety officer fell through a hole in a floor to the basement of an abandoned row house he was inspecting. Although some fire fighters had noticed the hole, they did not report it. No one knew the safety officer was inside the building, and he died of smoke inhalation, rather than from injuries related to the fall.

Read More…


Posted 12/22/15

Break Down Language Barriers in Health Care

Learn Common Phrases and Medical Terms in Spanish


Posted 12/22/15


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Attention OAOHN Members and Interested parties!!   OAOHN has a page on Facebook and also on LinkedIn.  These are closed groups, and just in development, but would be another way to network and get more communication going.  Please go to one or both of these sites and ask to join! Let’s get this rolling!

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