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April 2017

The Evolution of Safer Workplaces

Developing and maintaining a culture of workplace safety and health is no short trip to success.

It takes commitment to a journey. It involves teamwork and communication on the part of managers and workers. It amounts to building safety into work processes and equipment to better shield workers from harm.

Those and other points were driven home by on-the-job safety leaders in private industry and government during a panel discussion, “Safety Culture Evolution,” that was held as part of the March 6-9 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference.

Culture isn't something that happens overnight. Safety is something that, as you progress, it becomes ingrained in you. You look for things that will cause people injury."

Tim Hart, vice president of western operations for Duro-Last Roofing Inc.

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Administrator's Message

We must not turn away from death in the workplace – the reality is too important

We can face the real risks of death in our workplaces head on. We can honestly confront them as they occur, and we can truly strive to identify their causes and to eliminate those causes and to mitigate the underlying hazards.

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Did you know?

Just as you lay the foundation for a building by placing forms, setting the rebar, and pouring the footings, you lay the foundation for a safe workplace with the following seven activities:

  • Management leadership
  • Hazard anticipation and detection
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Planning and evaluation
  • Administration and supervision
  • Safety and health training
  • Employee participation

You can manage workplace safety just as you manage any other part of your business – with commitment, perseverance, and the support of your most valuable asset: your employees.

For more information, visit Oregon OSHA's publication, "The Foundation of a Safe Workplace."


Have you ever wondered how many Oregon OSHA safety and health rules have requirements for things like "recordkeeping," "employee training," and "respiratory protection?"
Infographic chart of rule requirements Source: Oregon OSHA's Safety Director's Companion

Datapoints:

So far this year, the top five Oregon OSHA standards cited during inspections are as follows:

Quotable:

Safety is a journey. It never stops.”

David Soloman, Employee Safety Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation

Develop and implement: A guide to Oregon OSHA's program-related rules

Among all of Oregon OSHA's workplace safety and health rules, there are 108 that require employers to establish a program.

So what is a program, and what does it mean to develop and implement one?

A program is simply a means for achieving a goal. "Develop and implement" is a bureaucratic way of saying that, if a particular program is required for your workplace, then you must create it and make sure that your employees follow it. You also need to maintain it to keep it current.

How to development, implement, and maintain a program in four easy steps.

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Ask Technical

My employees do remodeling work and frequently encounter live 240-volt electrical service lines going into residential homes. I have been told that we can work up to these lines as long as we don't touch them. Is this true?

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Going the distance

Company: City of Bend Fire Department

Bend Fire Department rescue training

Workforce: 153, including volunteers

Training grant: Injury Prevention through Biomechanical Resilience Training

Benefits: The goals of the training are reduced time-loss injuries, a healthier work force, productive careers, and long, happy, and pain-free retirements

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Don't miss out

May 16-18, 2017
Northwest Safety & Health Summit by Region X VPPPA
Davenport Grand Hotel • Spokane, WA

June 5 & 6, 2017
Blue Mountain Occupational Safety & Health Conference
Pendleton Convention Center • Pendleton

April-June
Upcoming education workshops

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