World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure. Click here for more information.
There are nearly 13.7 million people in America who have survived cancer - and countless more who have avoided it. 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). Click here for more information.
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.
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.
Extreme cold weather is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as outdoor workers, and those who work in an area that is poorly insulated or without heat. For more information, click here.
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.
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.
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.
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
The State of Washington is in the middle of a whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic.
OSHA has heat illness information on their website including educational resources, using the Heat Index, training and media resources.
The FFL Kickstart Your Health classes offer a chance to discover which foods are optimal for weight management.
The DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security recently published a comprehensive report and brochure on increasing heart health awareness, risk factors and disease prevention.
The SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity.
New and updated FAQs available for Two-Encounter Exam Process.
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.
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.
Deaths from Listeriosis: CDC Issues Warning about Listeria-contaminated Cantaloupes from COLORADO
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)
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.
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.
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
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
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......more information