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August 5, 2016

Another NuStar Energy site achieves VPP status

NuStar Energy, Shore Terminals LLC in Portland has gone well beyond minimum safety requirements, achieving recognition as a Voluntary Protection Program company.

Oregon OSHA recently awarded VPP status to the bulk liquids storage facility, which receives and moves products by ship, rail, and pipeline. The site employs 13 people.

NuStar currently has 24 VPP sites. The company "is committed to safety and has been part of the VPP process since the early 90s," said Robert Dowell, VPP site coordinator for NuStar.

The Voluntary Protection Program is built on the idea that enforcement of safety regulations alone can never fully achieve the objectives of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

To be considered for VPP recognition, a company's safety and health management system must excel in all areas, including management leadership, employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training.

For more information about the program, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/VPP.aspx.

Grant money for training programs

Oregon OSHA is accepting grant applications for the development of innovative workplace safety and health training programs. Applications are due Friday, Oct. 7.

The agency, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages unique projects such as mobile apps, videos, or online educational games to engage workers.

The training grants will focus on programs that target a high-hazard Oregon industry, such as construction or agriculture, or a specific work process to reduce or eliminate hazards. Any employer, labor group, school affiliated with a labor group, or nonprofit organization may apply. Applicants may request up to $40,000 per grant project.

Employers are not allowed to use grants to pay for training for their employees. Materials produced by grant recipients become the property of Oregon OSHA. They are housed in the Oregon OSHA Resource Center and are available to the public for checkout from the library.

Some examples of past grant projects include:

  • Development of safe-lifting guidelines
  • Spanish-language flip charts designed to help prevent heat-related illness among forest workers
  • An educational program for nurses to prevent ergonomic-related injuries

The Oregon Legislature launched the Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Grant Program in 1990. Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, a group with members from business, labor, and government.

Grant application information

For more information, contact Teri Watson at 503-947-7406 or teri.a.watson@oregon.gov

Oregon OSHA launches new website

Oregon OSHA has launched a new and improved website, giving visitors a more user-friendly experience.

New address: osha.oregon.gov

Amonog the imprvements are:

  • A responsive site that can be easily viewed on tablets and smartphones
  • Topics and information organized to make more sense to visitors
  • Common tasks located in menu boxes
  • Featured information that highlights current news, alerts, and services
  • Quick links and contact information at the bottom of each page
  • The website address has changed from orosha.org to osha.oregon.gov, so visitors will need to update any links or bookmarks

Click here to visit the new-look site.

New websites were completed for all of the Department of Consumer and Business Services divisions: Building Codes Division, Division of Financial Regulation, Oregon OSHA, Workers' Compensation Division, and Workers' Compensation Board.

Please send your feedback about Oregon OSHA's new website to DCBS.Communications@oregon.gov.

Bend surgery Center and Ingram's Roseburg Distribution Center celebrate five years in SHARP

Bend Surgery Center celebrated its fifth – and final – year in Oregon OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program with a graduation ceremony on June 24. Bend Surgery Center began their SHARP effort in 2011 with the goal of making the safety of their 103 employees just as important as the safety of their patients. Bend Surgery Center is also the first multi-specialty outpatient surgery facility in Oregon to earn SHARP status.

Ingram Content Group's Roseburg Distribution Center reached its fifth successful year in SHARP in May and celebrated with a graduation ceremony in July. Ingram Content Group is major distributor of books – including physical and digital formats – to bookstores, libraries, schools, and specialty retailers. The Ingram Content Group's Roseburg Distribution Center is one of nine SHARP-certified companies in Oregon's transportation and warehousing industry.

SHARP was developed to help Oregon employers with coaching and direction so that they can become outstanding managers of their safety and health programs – and be recognized for their achievement. As SHARP graduates, Bend Surgery Center and Ingram's Roseburg Distribution Center join an elite group of Oregon businesses that have built exceptional safety and health programs.

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