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Oregon participates in the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction

The stand down is part of OSHA’s ongoing national Fall Prevention Campaign that began in 2012. This year the Stand-Down coincided with National Construction Industry Safety Week. OR-FACE partnered with the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center, SafeBuild Alliance, AGC Oregon Columbia Chapter, Oregon Home Builders Association, and Oregon OSHA to encourage employers and workers to participate in the Stand-Down. On May 1, 180 individuals attended the SafeBuild Alliance Construction Industry Safety Week kick-off event with … Read More

Tigard-Tualatin students learn about safety

The Community Experience for Career Education also known as (CE)2 led by Learning Managers Sue McGee and Tony Hunt is an alternative education program in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.  The program is designed to give students an opportunity to develop job skills through practical experience while earning core credits toward a high school diploma. The students participate in internships with local businesses and give back to the community by volunteering for community projects. Since 2010 … Read More

Women in trades and construction

Oregon Tradeswomen recently completed yet another successful Women in Trades Career Fair. We applaud this organization and all of the sponsors and supporters of this popular event. This largest non-traditional career fair of its kind has been provided since 1993 and excels in providing hands-on-activities designed to introduce women and girls to the possibility of a future career in the trades. The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition(O[yes]), along with its partner organizations including our Institute, … Read More

O[yes] unveils 2015 winning videos

The 2015 O[yes] student safety video contest winners were unveiled over the weekend during the annual awards screening event held at Northern Lights Theatre in Salem. The highest honor for first place, carrying a cash award of $500 for the student producer and matching cash prize to his school, South Salem High, was won by John Patterson. John shared his passion in making this film as he described his motivation – his grandfather died from asbestos … Read More

Workers’ Memorial Day in Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown (on the left of the panoramic picture, below) proclaimed April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day for 2015, at the Fallen Worker’s Memorial in Salem, OR.  The ceremony was held at the memorial for Oregonians who died while working. Reverend Dr. Janet Parker (First Congregational United Church of Christ; Salem) provided the invocation and Midge Purcell (Urban League) read the names of all the workers who died in 2014.  Workers’ Memorial Day … Read More

What are you doing for Safety Break?

Has your organization signed up for the May 15, 2015 Oregon Safety Break? It’s not too late to be one of dozens of Oregon employers who plan to do something special to emphasize workplace safety and health. Oregon OSHA coordinates this one-day event, designed to raise awareness and promote the value of workplace safety and health. Need an idea? See this website to learn what other employers plan to do….and share your plans with employees … Read More

OHWC Advisory Committee Meets

Friday the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) External Advisory Committee met on the OHSU campus in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences seminar room. The Committee considered the progress and accomplishments of the OHWC in it’s first 3+ years and its plans for its next grant application for a new 5-year cycle. The committee is pictured below, commenting on the weighty issues surrounding workforce health in Oregon and the US.  The seriousness of the … Read More

National safety stand down event coming to Portland

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, with more than 200 deaths and over 10,000 serious injuries each year in the US. In Oregon there were 71 deaths from falls during 2003-2013 and 29 were in construction. The annual weeklong National Safety Stand-Down and Fall Prevention campaign began in 2012. This year, during a two-week period (May 4 -15), leaders are encouraged to set aside time to have open discussions with workers about … Read More

Protecting temporary workers

Forty-six percent of U.S. employers intend to hire temporary workers in 2015 – an even higher rate than hired in 2014. Federal OSHA and NIOSH recently launched an initiative to improve safety for this often vulnerable workforce, with the recognition that temporary workers get hurt and die on the job more frequently than the permanent workforce. This initiative more clearly defines responsibilities for worker safety and health, as illustrated in this quote posted on OSHA’s … Read More

NIOSH Center Director’s Meeting foretells changes

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) held it’s now annual NIOSH Center Directors meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio (March 19-20). Dr. Eula Bingham (Director of OSHA from 1977-1981), now 85, is pictured addressing the Directors on nanoparticles, and she recalled the Brazilian Blowout problem identified by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon OSHA. But NIOSH continues to change. Attending from the Northwest: Kent, Leslie and Diane Attending from the Northwest … Read More

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