Welcome to the Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses Website
The Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses is an organization of approximately 200 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. As of February 2019, members can choose to be a member of National AAOHN and select as many local chapters throughout the US to be a part of OR they can choose to ONLY be a member of the state and local chapters!
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.
“Occupational Health Nurse Week” April 15 – 19
Proud to be an Occupational Health Nurse!
Occupational Health Nursing (OHN) is a specialty nursing practice promoting and protecting the health and safety of our working population and community groups in the US and globally.
Occupational Health Nursing Association began in 1942 with 300 nurses from 16 states. The organization today has 100 chapters and over 4,000 members dedicated to advancing the health, safety and productivity of domestic and global workforces. Over the years, our expertise has provided education, research, and solid public policies and practices for our workforces. OHN have contributed directly to resource development for all health and safety professionals regarding environmental issues affecting the health and safety for our workforce.
Occupational health checks on worker population are most commonly used to determine whether an individual is physically suited for essential job functions. Yearly physicals for worker in our companies review their current hearing, vision, and general health that trigger education to workers regarding their responsibility to improve or better promote health for safety on and off the job. If a worker is wearing a respirator, OSHA requires yearly physicals for “respiratory clearance” by companies to determine workers’ safety and if workers are physically able to wear a respirator. We assist with work injury initial treatment, follow-up care, and rapid return to work issues. OHN are now health coaches, safety engineers, accident investigators, ergonomic specialists and disability case managers, assisting HR in ADA issues, short- & long-term disability (STD/ LTD), & Family Medical Leave Administration (FMLA).
I have been a member of AAOHN since 1996. My time as an OHN has been the most rewarding of all positions I have ever worked. Working with the different issues associated with healthy workers and to assist them to stay healthy as they work through “Aging Workforce Issues” has been very special, utilizing all my nursing skills to help the workers have a healthy and safe lifestyle that follows them to retirement. May you all feel so fulfilled. Happy OHN week!
Noreen M. Dimmerling RN, COHN, CCM
Chapter President of the State of Ohio
OAOHN Members at AAOHN National
OAOHN Board President, Noreen Dimmerling, RN, COHN, CCM (left) along with OAOHN Board Vice President, Lavita Ewing, COHN-S (right)
OAOHN Past President, Peggy Berry, PhD, RN, COHN-S, SCP-SHRM, PLNC (left)
(left to right) OAOHN Members – Lora Dues, Karen Speas, Noreen Dimmerling, Peggy Berry, Lavita Ewing along with AAOHN President Mary Gene Ryan (4th from left)
Please help us celebrate a great honor and achievement of one of our OAOHN Members – Jennifer Boggs, RN, COHN.
Jennifer was recognized by ABOHN for the “2018 Ann M. Lachat Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing Award”. This recognition is for the individual who received the highest grade on the COHN testing to achieve their COHN Certification.
What an honor! We are so proud of you!
OAOHN at the Ohio State House on
March 6, 2019
OAOHN Board Member Florence Drayden
, presenting to approx. 400 attendees at the Ohio State House
OAOHN President Noreen Dimmerling & OAO
HN Board Member Florence Drayden
OAOHN at The 2019 Ohio Safety Congress
OAOHN Past President, Peggy Berry & Steve Berry presenting at the OSC 2019 on How To Integrate Lean Into Ergonomic Assessments for Greater Productivity.
OAOHN Board Members, Lou Ann Mallon & Karen Speas at the OAOHN booth.
OAOHN President Noreen Dimmerling, OAOHN Past President Peggy Berry, OAOHN Member Cynthia Betcher and OAOHN Board Member Amber Hamill.
OAOHN Board Member Alberta Hudec and OAOHN President Noreen Dimmerling
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Advanced Practice Clinical Supervisor
Opioids and Worker Health
Did you know that more than 130 people in the United States die each day after overdosing on opioids? This staggering statistic, reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, demonstrates the critical public health concerns related to the opioid epidemic. These issues are also important when considering the health of workers, as opioids are commonly prescribed for many job-related injuries. However, misuse of opioids can impact workers’ health and well-being both in the workplace and at home.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Services is sharing their podcast on Opioids and Worker Health. In this podcast, hear more about the significant risks that opioids pose to worker health and safety, and how different agencies and nonprofit organizations are working to address these concerns. In addition, learn more about different educational and prevention strategies that can be used to protect workers.
Risk Engineering Safety Calendars AVAILABLE
Creating safety awareness is key to help control and reduce risks. With Zurich Risk Engineering’s safety calendars, you may implement many essential practices. View more than 20 calendars offered for a variety of different industries.
Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses Annual State Conference
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New Dates for Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium
The next Medical & Health Symposium is scheduled for April 26-27, 2019. This Friday/Saturday event will better accommodate the availability of Ohio’s health-care providers.
The free symposium will consist of programming for both clinicians and provider office staff. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
For more information, contact Chris Angles by email or phone 614-728-5508.
Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nursing (OAOHN) has advocated the occupational and environmental health nurse (OHN) as the solution for many industries’ safety and health problems. From the beginning, OAOHN educates the OHN to OSHA, NIOSH, CDC, and EPA standards and surveillance requirements. In addition to educating the OHN, OAOHN created a broad approach to educate industry and other nurses on the profession.
For the last five years, OAOHN has attended the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo. OAOHN has a booth at the event to educate any participant on occupational health nursing. Shanna Dunbar, the current president of OAOHN presented this year on return to work issues and Peggy Berry, coordinated the booth, and both volunteered at the booth. We have great volunteers who (wo)man the booth:
- Fran Burrows
- Lavita Ewing
- Karen Speas
- Amber Hamill
- Noreen Dimmerling
Moreover, OAOHN participates in Ohio Nurses’ Association Nurses’ Day at the Statehouse. OAOHN has been instrumental at broadening the recognition of the role of the OHN and the political issues associated with Compact Licensure. In 2018, Florence Drayden presented with Peggy Berry attending in support. Both participants took a photo shoot with the new President of Ohio Nurses’ Association, Brian Burger. Florence did an excellent presentation of what OHNs’ do and the Compact issue. Florence also attends a group association meeting while Peggy chairs the Environmental and Community Health Caucus, which addresses legislative issues that affect the health of Ohio citizens.
OAOHN wants to keep you in the loop of all the education options to help you increase your knowledge.
Worksite Health ScoreCard!
The newly updated CDC Worksite Health Scorecard tool is designed to help employers assess their wellness programs, identify gaps, and prioritize interventions aimed at promoting the health and well-being of their employees. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently updated the tool, including evidence-based changes to scoring and question verbiage, as well as the addition of several new questions and new modules.
You can find out more about the Worksite Health ScoreCard by visiting: https://www.cdc.gov/workplaceh
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