Oregon OSHA renewed its 2011 alliance with the Oregon Coalition for Healthcare Ergonomics (OCHE). As part of the alliance, best practices will be shared on safe patient handling protocols through training and education to health care facilities. It also calls for the development of curriculum to retrain workers in the health care industry in the use of safe patient handling equipment.
A health care ergonomics conference is planned for September 2014 that will allow both organizations to raise awareness and promote research to the health care industry.
A partnership with the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA) will continue to focus on increased awareness surrounding hazard communications, electrical contacts, ergonomic issues, personal protective equipment, and slips and falls. The alliance also includes a commitment to share information through events and conferences.
Oregon OSHA will continue its alliance with the Oregon Home Builders Association (OHBA), with a goal to increase awareness of fall and motor vehicle safety hazards, and ultimately, to reduce accidents and fatalities in residential construction. OHBA will help publicize safety materials and best practices.
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