Join the Safety Break for Oregon on May 14
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has announced
that businesses throughout the state will recognize the importance of
workplace safety during the first "Safety
Break for Oregon" on Wednesday May 14, 2003.
Events will focus on recognizing the value of safety in the workplace,
honor safety achievements and demonstrate a commitment to keeping workplaces
safe. Businesses throughout the state will decide what events may work
best for them. Ideas for marking the 'Safety Break for Oregon' include
talking with co-workers about safety during work breaks, sponsoring a
lunch to honor safety achievements, hosting family day picnics and working
with local schools to teach students about workplace safety.
The 'Safety Break for Oregon' has been designed by safety professionals
from business organizations and organized labor that advise Oregon OSHA
on policy issues, including representatives from the construction industry,
forest products industry, high technology manufacturers, organized labor,
public sector services and skilled trades.
An "Event Outreach Kit"
is available on the Oregon OSHA Web site, www.orosha.org, to help
employers and workers think about ways they may host an event. The kit
is also full of ideas to help employers, workers and community members
get started with planning an event, and mobilize other community members
to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety.
A coordinated approached to safety and health in the workplace by business,
labor and government has enabled Oregon to enjoy twelve consecutive years
of declining workplace injury and illness rates, which translates into
a direct savings of 7.5 billion dollars to Oregon employers in workers'
compensation costs during those twelve years.
For more information about the Safety
Break for Oregon, go to the Oregon OSHA Web site, www.orosha.org,
or call (503) 947-7428.