Health and Safety Resource

February 2018


Oregon OSHA has awarded three grants totaling more than $103,000 to help develop workplace safety and health education and training programs.

The recipients are:

Northwest Forest Worker Center:
Chemical Safety for Latino Forest Workers

The nonprofit group will develop a training program to help Latino forest workers and their spouses in Jackson and Josephine counties protect themselves against exposures to toxic chemicals. The program, using videos and interactive exercises, will engage trainees in discussions that connect to their own workplace experiences.

Grant award: $40,000

Oregon State University:
Safe Design of Anchoring Systems in Logging Operations

Oregon State University will create safe design guidelines for anchoring systems used as part of logging operations. The goal is to improve the safety of forestry workers.

Anchoring systems are used in hauling logs by cable to landing areas. But as the industry moves into logging smaller trees, it has become more difficult to find large stumps to serve as reliable anchors. As a result, loggers must use multiple stumps or alternative anchoring methods.

Grant award: $38,618​

SafeBuild Alliance:
Educating Construction Workers on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

The nonprofit group will develop and distribute information to raise awareness about the impact of mental health issues and suicide in the construction industry. People working in the construction and extraction industries had the second-highest rate of suicide, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal of SafeBuild Alliance’s project is to help the industry identify mental health issues, and to provide resources for prevention and treatment of mental health issues and suicide.

Grant award: $24,910

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Oregon employers invited to take a ‘Safety Break’ May 9

Safety Break for Oregon logo

Employers across the state are invited to participate in Safety Break for Oregon on Wednesday, May 9, an event aimed at raising awareness and promoting the value of keeping people safe and healthy while on the job.

Now in its 15th year, Safety Break encourages employers to bolster workplace safety and health with training, award recognition gatherings, or other creative activities. Oregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, which is voluntary for employers. Businesses and other employers can decide what activities are most beneficial to their workforce.

Safety Break encourages employees and managers to work together to identify safety and health concerns. The result of this cooperation can lead to fewer injuries and reduced workers’ compensation costs for employers.

Companies that participate will be entered to win one of three $100 checks, to be used for a luncheon of their choice, when they sign up online by Friday, May 4. The Oregon SHARP Alliance is sponsoring the contest.

During the event, companies are encouraged to share their Safety Break activities on social media by tagging @OregonOSHA on Facebook and using #SafetyBreak2018 on Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, ideas on how to host an event, or to download graphics, visit the Safety Break for Oregon website.

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