Portland BES Wastewater Group honored for workplace safety
Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman today helped the City of Portland,
Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Wastewater Group accept a safety
award from Oregon OSHA honoring a major reduction in workplace injuries.
Also present for the award ceremony were BES Director Dean Marriott, Oregon
OSHA administrator Peter De Luca and BES Wastewater Manager Steve Behrndt.
Oregon OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)
recognizes employers who make a commitment to improving workplace safety,
reducing their injury and illness rates and develop safe practices which
become a model for safe workplaces in Oregon. Safety and health management
programs in place at BES created a lost-work injury rate which was 36
percent below the state average in 2000, and 30 percent under the Oregon
average during 2001.
"Environmental Services Wastewater Group has developed a safety program
that works and works well," said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman.
"A safe workplace reduces injuries and illnesses on the job. When
we work safely we are not only more effective we also save our ratepayers
money. This award is an honor and I know Portland citizens are supportive
and appreciative of the Wastewater Group's efforts".
"When you consider the average cost of a serious workplace injury
is $28,000," says Oregon OSHA administrator Peter De Luca, "the
cost savings and increased productivity are a benefit to the residents
of Portland. You can only accomplish this level of injury reduction through
careful planning and proactive management."
The BES Wastewater Group includes operations at the 133-acre Columbia
Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant in North Portland and the Tryon Creek
Wastewater Treatment Plant located in Lake Oswego. The agency treats Portland's
wastewater, provides stormwater drainage services, and works in Portland
watersheds to reduce stormwater pollution, restore native vegetation,
and improve the quality of water in rivers and streams. The Bureau of
Environmental Services owns and operates more than 2,200 miles of pipes
and 93 pump stations that transport sewage to the two Portland-area treatment
For more information about the SHARP program, please contact the Oregon
OSHA SHARP Program Manager, Mark Hurliman at 503-947-7437. For additional
information about the Bureau of Environmental Services, call 503-823-5328.
On the Web, you can find out more about the Bureau of Environmental Services
and Oregon OSHA at www.orosha.org