News and Information
News and Information

It’s hot here in the summer, but don’t let your fitness suffer. Plan your activities, hydrate, and have fun. Check out these 5 tips from the American Heart Association.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The HPMC Occupational Medical Services 200 West Clinic will be closed July 9th from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm.  If you experience a medical emergency, call 911 from a landline or 373-0911 from a cell phone. The Hanford Fire Department will transport you by ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center. If you have a non-life threatening injury or illness, please seek care at our main clinic at 1979 Snyder Street, Richland, or call 509-376-3333.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The arrival of summer means days at the pool, family barbeques, picnics, sports and other outdoor activities. Follow these tips this summer to keep your whole family happy and healthy: American Heart Association.

Monday, June 23, 2014

In Great Britain, it’s National Cucumber Day. With fresh produce all around us here, set a goal to eat FIVE fruits and vegetables every day this week! Try some cucumber in your water, or with onions and grape tomatoes in a fresh salad. Click here for refreshing cucumber recipes!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Each year, National Men's Health Week is celebrated the week leading up to and including Father's Day, which is June 9-15, 2014. During this week, individuals, families, communities, and others work to raise awareness of ways to promote healthy living and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Click here to see what you can do!

Monday, June 9, 2014

From June 5 at 3pm to June 9 at 7am, OHM will be taken offline for data maintenance.  During this time, the Patient Portal and Employee Job Task Analysis (EJTA) systems will not be available.  Please contact Polly Riley (541-593-9884) for Patient Portal inquiries or Lynn Serrato (373-3144) for EJTA inquiries during the outage. All systems will be back online by Monday, June 9 at 7am. Thank you for your patience as we improve our systems.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Tri-City Herald recently published information about several area farmers markets opening soon. Improve your diet and get those FIVE servings of fruits and vegetables a day with fresh, local produce. Happy Healthy Shopping!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Updated service information for workers and patients has been posted in the “Forms & Guides” section of our website. This includes Return to Work Information, and Exposure and Clearance Protocols. If you are looking for other information you can’t locate here, please call us at (509)376-3333.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HPMC OMS, along with health care organizations across the country, will observe Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 2-8.  This year’s patient safety awareness theme is “Navigate Your Health…Safely.”  More simply, it highlights the need for health care providers to ensure that patients and customers are more engaged in the health care process, whether they are visiting the provider for a routine exam or entering the hospital for surgery.

We continue to improve on ways to involve our patients to be part of their health care team.  "HPMC Occupational Medical Services is committed to improving patient safety and patient-centered care by making both a reality in every patient encounter,” said Karen Phillips, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Site Occupational Medical Director.  “It is the foundation of what we do".

Dr. Phillips and Joe Vela, Mission Assurance Director who oversees the HPMC OMS Risk Management Program, said the organization will address several patient safety areas this year.  Major initiatives and priorities will include medical record documentation, health literacy, EMBOS implementation, infection control, medication safety, improved issue reporting, and integrating patient safety into quarterly walkarounds. “As an organization, we are constantly striving to find solutions that make it easy to do things right and hard to do them wrong.” explains Mr. Vela.

To learn more about patient safety and Patient Safety Awareness Week, click here to visit the National Patient Safety Foundation website.  HPMC OMS staff will participate in this awareness week through daily information and education on various patient safety topics.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The FDA wants to update the look and content of the Nutrition Facts Label to better help consumers make informed food choices and follow healthy dietary practices.  Click here to see what’s new!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The CDC is working on ways to get healthy food within everyone’s reach. The USDA also has a great website full of nutritional information at choosemyplate.gov. To get help with your daily nutrition, contact our Health Educators at 376-3939 or omchew@rl.gov.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How important is physical activity for long-term weight loss? That was the focus of a study including 201 women in a weight-loss program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. 
Click here for more information

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

On Saturday, November 16, HPM Corporation Occupational Medical Services (HPMC OMS) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Columbia Basin Chapter hosted a unique opportunity for local Scouts to earn the First Aid merit badge in West Richland. Experts in the field from the HPMC OMS along with professionals from the ASSE Columbia Basin Chapter mentored 60 Scouts participating from the Tri-Cities area. The experts engaged them in real life situations with hands-on activities as part of the training.

Click here for more information

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

If you missed our Worksite Flu Clinics, you can still get your flu shot by making an appointment at 376-6251 or walking in to either the 2719WB Clinic or 1979 Snyder Clinic during regular business hours (M-F, 7am-5pm). Bring your DOE picture badge. See our Flu Page for more information.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

While our mission is to support the health and wellness of Hanford employees, we realize that employees exist in families and the community.  In that light, we are featuring information on the progress in combating childhood obesity.  While childhood obesity remains a very important public health issue, there are improvements being made across the country.  Click here for more Information

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

As part of the “Good Health is Good Business Program”, the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a 100-Day Wellness Challenge that encourages businesses to promote a healthy work environment as well as encouraging employees toward a healthy lifestyle. Click here for more information on how to participate!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Although an INFLUENZA PANDEMIC is a continual threat, little discussion about it appears in the popular media. In public health news, however, it ranks near the top of the list. Why? Because influenza viruses persist in the animal world—think: pigs, chickens—and could at any moment be transmitted to humans. With the “right” mutations or recombinations with human “flu” viruses, the new virus—that is, one never experienced by any humans—could run rampant across the globe. For this reason, public health officials from local levels to the CDC to WHO keep a close eye on what is happening in the world of influenza viruses in order to be prepared for this possibility.

So should you.


The following series of slides contains important information about PANDEMIC INFLUENZA, and, while some of it is dated material, most of it is accurate and informative. Please view it and read the information on this site. If you have any questions or suggestions, contact Dr Sandy Rock at HPMC Occupational Medical Services: sandy_rock@rl.gov

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Use our new WellSuite tool to complete your Personal Wellness Profile in May and be entered into a drawing for an outdoor recreation package! Click HERE to start.

Monday, May 20, 2013

World Health Day 2013

Silent killer, global public health crisis

Silent Killer global public health crisis
3 April 2013 -- The Global brief on hypertension describes why, in the early 21st century, hypertension is a global public health issue. It describes how hypertension contributes to the burden of heart disease, stroke and kidney failure and premature death and disability. The document also explains how hypertension is both preventable and treatable and how governments, health workers, civil society, the private sector, families and individuals can join forces to reduce hypertension and its impact.

One in three adults has high blood pressure, are you one of them?

2 April 2013 -- Many people do not know they have high blood pressure because it does not always cause symptoms. As a result, it contributes to more than nine million deaths every year, including about half of all deaths due to heart disease and stroke. Cut your risk of developing high blood pressure by: cutting down on salt; eating a balanced diet; avoiding harmful use of alcohol; doing regular physical activity; and avoiding tobacco use.

Reducing blood pressure in Japan

Reducing Blood Pressure in Japan
28 March 2013 -- This year World Health Day, 7 April 2013, focuses on the global problem of high blood pressure which affects more than 1 in 3 adults but remains largely hidden. This feature story from Japan illustrates how community-based noncommunicable disease programmes have contributed to a reduction in raised blood pressure and strokes.

Control your blood pressure

Control your blood pressure
27 March 2013 -- This World Health Day, 7 April 2013, WHO and partners focus on the global problem of high blood pressure. Though it affects more than one in three adults worldwide, it remains largely hidden. Many people do not know they have high blood pressure because it does not always cause symptoms. As a result, it leads to more than nine million deaths every year, including about half of all deaths due to heart disease and stroke.

fact buffet
Raised blood pressure
40%of adults aged 25 and over had raised  blood pressure in 2008.
Situation and trends
Cardiovascular diseases
17.3 millionpeople died from cardiovascular diseases in 2008.
Fact sheet on CVDs
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)
80%of NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
Fact sheet on NCDs

CAMPAIGN KIT

Campaign Kit

World Health Day 2013 campaign essentials

Campaign mediacentre

Technical resources

About blood pressure

World Health Day around the world

Feature stories from countries

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Join Our Cancer Prevention Study - 3 (CPS-3)

If you've ever known someone with cancer, you know that birthdays are a very significant milestone. There are nearly 13.7 million people in America who have survived cancer - and countless more who have avoided it - who will be celebrating birthdays this year. You can join the movement for more birthdays and fight back against cancer by enrolling in a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study - 3 (CPS-3). The American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join this historic research study. The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. By joining CPS-3, you can help us understand how to prevent cancer, which will save lives and give people more of their most precious resource: time.  More time with their families and friends, more memories, more celebrations . . . and more birthdays.

How can I get involved? »

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CPS-3 is a grassroots effort where local communities from across the country can support cancer research not just through fundraising efforts, but also by participating actively in this historic research study. Study enrollment opportunities will take place at various venues in select communities across the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information about CPS-3 and the selected enrollment locations please email cps3@cancer.org or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

Where to Join
Find out where you can participate, volunteer or promote CPS-3 in your community.
 
Am I Eligible?
Find out if you are eligible and what is involved in the enrollment process.

Frequently Asked Questions
Got questions about CPS-3?  Find answers to your questions about the study here.

Study Volunteer Testimonials
Study volunteers share some of their reasons for participating, volunteering and promoting CPS-3.
 
Cancer Prevention Studies In The News
Read some of the national and local publications CPS-3 and findings from previous Cancer Prevention Studies.
 
How CPS Saves Lives
Find out how past long-term American Cancer Society follow-up studies have played a major role in cancer prevention at the American Cancer Society, as well as in other national and international efforts.

Enrolling A Diverse Population
To determine whether risk factors for cancer are different across various racial/ethnic groups, we need to enroll men and women across a wide range of racial/ethnic groups as well as across a range of ages.

Confidentiality and Ethics
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us and we will make every effort to protect the privacy of study participants.

Scientific Credibility
There are several layers of review and oversight for research studies like CPS-3.

Contact Us for Information
Have more questions about CPS-3?  If you would like more information on CPS-3 or ways to enroll in your community contact us.

 

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued an advisory that a new strain of Norovirus is suspected as the cause of several group outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness in the Tri-Cities area. Norovirus is well known for its causing several highly-publicized outbreaks on cruise liners. While the new strain does not appear to be more readily spread or cause more serious illness, it is responsible for more than half the recently reported cases of Norovirus illness in the United States, presumably because no one has experienced it before, making it more infectious.

Symptoms of Norovirus infection include sudden onset of nausea, forceful vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea and fever. Young children, the elderly and those with underlying illnesses are at higher risk of serious consequences such as severe dehydration. Fatalities caused by Norovirus are uncommon.

Norovirus is spread by way of contaminated hands, surfaces, food and water. Thorough hand washing as well as careful food handling and surface sanitizing reduce the spread. Note: ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITIZERS ARE NOT EFFECTIVE AGAINST NOROVIRUS. Washing hands in warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, then avoiding touching anything that others have touched (e.g. faucet handle; door knobs; towel dispenser) are the most important factors in preventing spread of the virus. Try to keep your hands away from your face, too.

For further information, contact Dr. Sandy Rock of HPMC OMS at (509) 372-0407 or visit these other sites with information on Norovirus:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Washington State Department of Health

Benton Franklin Health District

WebMD

Friday, January 25, 2013

The flu is spreading quickly through many households, workplaces and communities. Actions can be taken to prevent the flu and lessen the severity if you do get it.  It’s not too late to get your flu shot- HPMC OMS still has vaccine available.  Click HERE for more information.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Overview

Workers who are exposed to extreme cold or work in cold environments may be at risk of cold stress. Extreme cold weather is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as those without shelter, outdoor workers, and those who work in an area that is poorly insulated or without heat. What constitutes cold stress and its effects can vary across different areas of the country. In regions relatively unaccustomed to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered factors for "cold stress." Whenever temperatures drop decidedly below normal and as wind speed increases, heat can more rapidly leave your body. These weather-related conditions may lead to serious health problems.

Click here for more information on the various types of cold stress, symptoms, first aid, and prevention tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Monday, December 31, 2012

The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.  For more information, click here.

 

To support Hanford employees learn how to quit tobacco use, join us on November 14, 2012 for the Tobacco Cessation 101 Seminar.  RSVP to Kelly Harnish at 373-3729 or kelly_e_harnish@rl.gov.

Monday, October 22, 2012

If you have expired or unwanted prescription drugs, you can safely dispose of them this Saturday, September 29 from 10am to 2pm as part of the
Drug Enforcement Administration's 5th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Improperly discarded drugs can end up in the water supply or in the hands of children. This Take-Back Day is a great opportunity to safely dispose of medications and reduce clutter in your home. During the previous four Take-Back Days, 774 tons of medication have been removed from circulation across the U.S.

Find a collection site near you.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Range and forest fires that have been raging in areas surrounding and upwind from the Hanford Site have created levels of smoke potentially hazardous to the health of workers at the site. Workers concerned about health problems aggravated by smoke exposure should work with their employer to determine the best avenue to protect their health.

Fine particulates that make up smoke can be hazardous to the respiratory tract; denser particulates can also be hazardous to health and safety, including reduction of visibility on roads. Depending on wind direction and other factors, some areas have higher smoke concentrations than others.

Workers may experience any combination of symptoms, including cough, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, stinging eyes, runny nose and/or asthma exacerbations.  Those with pre-existing respiratory health problems – including asthma, COPD, or other lung conditions – are particularly susceptible to the health effects of smoke.

In areas of heavy smoke concentrations, workers are advised to follow guidance from their health and safety personnel to avoid exposure to the extent possible. Respiratory protection – N-95 respirator or better– can be used to provide such protection.  In some cases sheltering may be necessary in the areas of highest concentration.

For up-to-date air quality index (AQI) for the Tri-Cities and any other area, go here. Here is another resource with similar information: AirNow

For further information, contact CSC HOHS Risk Communicator, Doctor Sandy Rock at (509) 372-0407 or sandy_rock@rl.gov

Ref: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/facts.asp
 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

MOSQUITOES IN YAKIMA COUNTY TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS (June-September 2012). Grandview horse with WNv euthanized. Four (4) proven HUMAN CASES in Washington State (one in Benton County).    Click here for more information

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The State of Washington is in the middle of a whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic. Whooping cough spreads easily by coughing and sneezing. It is a very serious illness for babies and children. If you aren't vaccinated against whooping cough, you aren't protected. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent whooping cough. Using good health manners also helps slow the spread of whooping cough — wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home when you’re sick.  You can get vaccinated at your doctor, local pharmacy or county health department.

For more information on this disease and prevention steps, visit the Washington State Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

National Men’s Health Week:
June 11-17, 2012

Men Can Still Ask for PSA Test, and Some Should, Doctors Say

New guidelines on prostate cancer screening don't supersede physician-patient relationship, experts note.

By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter
National Men's Health Week

 

 

 


TUESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Although a U.S. advisory panel no longer recommends that men routinely undergo prostate cancer screening with a PSA blood test, men should ask their doctors for the exam if they're uncomfortable without monitoring, health experts say.


Learn more about National Men’s Health Week.

Monday, June 11, 2012

National Women’s Health Week
May 13-19, 2012

It's your time!
National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health. The theme for 2012 is “It’s Your Time.” National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages women to take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases:

Learn more about National Women's Health Week.

Monday, May 14, 2012

OSHA has heat illness information on their website including educational resources, using the Heat Index, training and media resources.  If you’d like someone to come talk to your workgroup about the prevention, recognition and treatment of heat illness, call CSC HOHS at 376-2109.

Hot weather is here.  Extreme heat can be dangerous.  Last year, thousands of workers in the United States got sick from exposure to excessive heat on the job, and more than 30 workers died.  These illnesses and deaths can be prevented by taking some simple precautions.


BEAT THE HEAT: THREE SIMPLE STEPS
When working outside during hot weather, remember these three things:

  • WATER:  You need plenty of water throughout the day—every 15 minutes.  Don’t wait until you feel thirsty.
  •  REST:  Rest breaks help your body recover.
  • SHADE:  Resting in the shade or in air-conditioning helps you cool down.


HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS: KNOW THE SIGNS
It’s important to know the signs of heat-related illness—acting quickly can prevent more serious medical conditions and may even save lives.

  • Heat Stroke is the most serious heat-related illness and requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms include: confusion, fainting, seizures, very high body temperature and hot, dry skin or profuse sweating. CALL 911 if a coworker shows signs of heat stroke.
  • Heat Exhaustion is also a serious illness.  Symptoms include: headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, thirst and heavy sweating. Heat fatigue, and heat rash are less serious, but they are still signs of too much heat exposure.
     

 

If you or a coworker has symptoms of heat-related illness, tell your supervisor right away.  If you can, move the person to a shaded area loosen his/her clothing, give him/her water (a little at a time), and cool him/her down with ice packs or cool water.


OSHA can help. This year, OSHA and its State Plan partners have launched a nationwide campaign to raise employer and worker awareness of the dangers of heat and how to protect workers.


Visit www.osha.gov for worker fact sheets, worksite posters, and other resources on preventing heat-related illness, in both English and Spanish.  If you have questions, call OSHA.  It's confidential.  Call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or visit www.osha.gov to learn more about staying healthy in the heat.

Illustration credits: Cal/OSHA

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The FFL Kickstart Your Health classes offer a chance to discover which foods are optimal for weight management, learn about various health topics including blood pressure and digestion, and get empowered with the practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health. In the classes, attendees do all of this while enjoying a cooking demonstration and tasting delicious, healthful dishes in a supportive group setting.

For price, location and more information, click here.

Featured Class Topics Saturdays 12-2pm
May 12   Power of Your Plate
May 19   Let’s Go!
May 26   Getting in Gear
June 2    Breaking the Food Seduction
June 9    Keys for Natural Appetite Control
June 16  Digestive Health
June 23  Healthy Blood Pressure
 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The health of Department of Energy employees has been one of the Office of Health, Safety and Security's (HSS) highest priorities since it was established in 2006. Nevertheless, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States and remains the single greatest threat to the Department's most important asset - YOU. We all know someone who suffers from heart disease. In the past year, we have lost a number of Department of Energy employees to fatal heart attacks, either at the office or at home. On a more personal level, these employees were also our friends. These tragic losses have prompted us to redouble our efforts to increase awareness among both the Department’s employees and employers about health issues in general and heart disease in particular.

The disability and death associated with heart disease continue to affect our population and our workforce at a rate that is disturbing, particularly when you consider that many of the risk factors associated with heart disease can be effectively reduced if you have the right information and both medical and social support. To this end, we have issued a short brochure that summarizes some of the most important information for easy reference. A more comprehensive heart health report is also available to increase your understanding and awareness of heart disease, and especially the risk factors that we can all influence to improve our continued heart health. We encourage you to share this information with your coworkers, your friends, and especially your family. No matter who you are or what your job is, we want you to know that we value and support your "heart health".

The brochure and report are available on the HSS website at:

http://www.hss.energy.gov/cmo/hearthealth_brochure.pdf
http://www.hss.energy.gov/cmo/hearthealth_report.pdf

If you have any questions about this report or have suggestions as to how HSS can better support the heart health of our workers, please contact Dr. Michael Ardaiz, the Department's Chief Medical Officer, at (202) 586-8758 or at Michael.Ardaiz@hq.doe.gov.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Asbestos can be found in many natural and manufactured materials. Learn More...

Asbestos Information

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. You can look up individual foods to see or compare their nutritional value, find recommendations for what and how much you should eat, compare your food choices to these recommendations and to your nutrient needs, and assess personal physical activities and identify ways to improve. Find recommendations for what and how much you should eat.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New and updated FAQs available for Two-Encounter Exam Process. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Recognizing the importance of worker safety and health, effective January 23, 2012, CSC Hanford Occupational Health Services (CSC HOHS) will begin a new two-encounter examination process.  There are several benefits of this new process:

1. Medical providers will be able to review and discuss all test results with patients during their examination.
2. Patients will leave CSC HOHS better informed about their health, safety, and ability to perform assigned work.
3. Patients will leave with all results and applicable paperwork in hand.

How the Two-Encounter Examination Process Works

During the first encounter, each patient will complete all necessary testing.  When testing is completed, the patient will be scheduled for a second encounter, usually 7-28 days later depending upon the type of examination and the availability of test results.  During the second encounter the medical provider will conduct all necessary physical examinations, discuss test results and review the Medical Examination Report and Opinion Letter (Clearance) with applicable work restrictions, if any.  If a clearance is being withheld, it will be during this time that the medical provider consults with the patient and discusses the reasons for this decision.  The patient will leave with all of his/her paperwork, including a copy of all test results. 

For your convenience, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page has been posted on the CSC HOHS websitePlease contact Lisa Zaccaria, CSC HOHS - Business Processes at
(509) 376-4122
for any questions not satisfactorily answered by the FAQ page. 

Improving the quality of care and service to our patients is a top priority and we thank you in advance for your partnership and look forward to working with you to make this new and improved process a success.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The final worksite flu shot clinic will be today (11/1/11) at the 300 Area, 3760 Bldg, from 12:30-3:30pm. See our Flu Clinic page for more information on this year’s vaccine.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Deaths from Listeriosis: CDC Issues Warning about Listeria-contaminated Cantaloupes from COLORADO

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The plans are in place and the speakers identified in the draft Agenda on pages 6 and 7 of our newsletter. The facility where the meeting will be held is a public building and does not require any extra security badging and contains a modest cafeteria. We are blessed to have Michele Gerber, Author of “On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site” and a well known Hanford Historian, to lead a tour for our meeting participants. You can sign up for the tour when you register for the meeting. Click here for more information - (PDF)

Friday, September 23, 2011

At times, workers may be required to work in hot environments for long periods. When the human body is unable to maintain a normal temperature, heat-related illnesses can occur and may result in death. This fact sheet provides information to employers on measures they should take to prevent heat-related illnesses and death.  For more information visit OSHA’s Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness.

Click here for pdf Fact Sheet

Thursday, May 12, 2011

AdvanceMed Hanford’s (AMH) parent company, CSC, has sold the naming rights for AdvanceMed.  AMH is not part of this transaction and is not being sold to another company.  As a result, AMH has been renamed to CSC Hanford Occupational Health Services (CSC HOHS).  From inception, AMH has been a part of CSC and the name change to CSC Hanford Occupational Health Services will not impact current services provided.  CSC is making changes to signage, forms and electronic systems to minimize confusion with the name change.  Your patience during this transition is appreciated. If you have questions or concerns, please call the CSC Clinic Director, Jason Zaccaria on 376-4082, or the (Acting) DOE Occupational Medicine Program Manager, Boyd Hathaway on 376-7340.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Many citizens—particularly in the Western United States—have expressed concern about the possibility of releases of radioactive materials from the damaged nuclear power plants in Japan. The Washington State Department of Health is carefully monitoring air and water in the state and has found NO contamination, nor does it anticipate finding any, even if the situation worsens in Japan. Go to the linked page for DOH’s response to Frequently Asked Questions about this.   Click here for DOH's FAQ's

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

AMH offers split-sample BeLPT blood testing to workers leaving the Hanford Site at no cost to them.  For more information contact your HR department or AMH Beryllium Case Management at 376-6000

Monday, March 14, 2011

AMH Lets Move February 9th marked the first anniversary of the launch of the “Let’s Move!” campaign, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama.  This national initiative is dedicated to fighting the childhood obesity epidemic.  The campaign is focused on improving access to healthy and affordable foods, especially in schools, increasing child and parent awareness of health and nutrition, and increasing physical activity.  So far, many changes have already been made in schools to promote good nutritious foods and to get kids more physically active by playing and exploring outside.

This advice is great for adults to!  The American Colleges of Sports Medicine has been working through their own initiative, “Exercise is Medicine”, to encourage adults to increase physical activity and  structured exercise to combat many chronic diseases, such as obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, depression and anxiety, and osteoporosis.

Each of these two initiatives brings us all back to the basics: Nutrition and Exercise are the fundamentals of good health.  Check out the websites at:  www.letsmove.gov and www.exerciseismedicine.org for more information for you and your family!

  • Laura Eddy, Clinical Exercise Specialist
    Industrial Rehabilitation - AdvanceMed Hanford

Exercise Is Medicine

 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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