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June 2013

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Safety Break for Oregon events promote safety statewide

About 70 organizations participated in Safety Break for Oregon on Wednesday, May 8, by hosting training events, award presentations, and safety fairs.

The City of Newberg held a safety wellness fair, which was the anchor for other activities throughout the week. 

"We added daily email tips for the week and safety discussions," said Karen Tarmichael, the city's safety committee chairwoman. "We were able to show employees how easy it is to incorporate frequent, small training moments that we hope will continue going forward."

In Oregon City, the public works department held an equipment rodeo for employees to test their skills using a track hoe. Martin Montalvo, operations manager, said classroom training complimented the hands-on Safety Break events.

"It allowed us stand back and focus on ways to improve our day-to-day activities in terms of making them safer for staff and the general public," he said. "The equipment rodeo also gave us the opportunity to improve some of our practical skills."

Oregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, designed to raise awareness and promote the value of safety and health in preventing on-the-job injuries and illnesses. The voluntary event occurs on the second Wednesday in May and is meant to be flexible to meet an employer’s needs.

The Oregon SHARP Alliance also awarded three pizza luncheons valued at $100 each to Community Health Center (various southern Oregon locations), National Frozen Foods in Albany, and Stacy & Whitbeck/Mowat in Portland for signing up to participate.

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