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Safety Begins with ME!

The Mid-Willamette Metals Consortium recognizes the need for safety to be more than an institutional program. Safety is also an employee mind set and commitment that must be present every day in all that we do. Safety Begins with ME! was designed to help employees understand the central role they play in creating a safe work environment. It introduces basic ways that every employee can help create a safe work culture.


This program consists of four 1-hour modules. These modules should be delivered at least a week apart in order to allow time to complete application assignments made at the end of each module. 

Sessions may be presented to mixed groups of supervisors and employees since the concepts and skills are universal in their application. 

In addition to the 4 hours of classroom time, participants will need 1-2 hours between sessions to complete application exercises. Some of these need to be led by supervisors or team leaders.

This program should first be previewed by the Senior Executive or Shop Owner. His/her support is critical in order to ensure the success of the program. Be sure the organization is committed to provide:

  • Classroom time
    (approximately 4 hours);
  • On-the-job application time
    (1-2 hours following modules1, 2, and 3); and
  • Support for the initiatives introduced within this program
    (i.e. where to post the Safety Suggestion log and the review process your shop will follow).
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We acknowledge the Mid-Willamette Metals Consortium for their vision in creating a safer industry. Special thanks go out to the following shops for contributing components which became part of this curriculum:

  • A.R.E. Manufacturing
  • Agriweld
  • Cascade Steel Rolling Mills
  • Climax Portable Machine Tools
  • GK Machine
  • Layton Manufacturing
  • Steelhead Metal and Fab

Funding for this development effort was provided through a grant from Oregon OSHA, with administration and coordination from Chemeketa Community College and the Enterprise for Employment and Education. 

Thanks also to:

Mike Lulay of Oregon OSHA and Dru Silva of Cascade Steel, for providing the conceptual design of the program.

Jon Ostling, Training Manager at Cascade Steel, who assisted in writing the grant proposal and researched Situational Leadership techniques;

Christine Watson, Project Coordinator for Customized Training within the Center for Business & Industry at Chemeketa Community College, who managed this project through to completion;

Charles Roper from GK Machine who shot and edited the video scenarios;

The employees of A.R.E. who played starring roles in the video scenarios;

Richard Callender and The Callender Group who produced the professional video which accompanies this workshop series; and to

Dan Vetter of Vetter Solutions who provided the instructional design to bring all these ideas into their final form.


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