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Oregon businesses invited to take a 'Safety Break' May 11

For immediate release
Jan. 20, 2016
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Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer

The 13th annual event promotes workplace safety, health

Salem — It's a day to pause and reflect on why workplace safety and health matter. It's a day to turn that reflection into sustained action to prevent on-the-job injury, illness, and death.

Employers across Oregon are invited to participate in Safety Break for Oregon, the Wednesday, May 11, event aimed at raising awareness and promoting the value of safety and health in shielding workers from harm. Now in its 13th year, Safety Break encourages employers to bolster workplace safety and health with training, award recognition gatherings, or other creative activities.

SBFO-Logo-3c-184x170.pngSafety Break for Oregon logoOregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, which is voluntary for employers. Businesses can decide what activities are most beneficial to their workforce.

"Safety Break is an opportunity for employers to remind their workers, and themselves, about the importance they attach to safety in the workplace," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "A safety stand-down such as this provides an opportunity to celebrate past successes, to reflect about the remaining challenges, and to share a renewed commitment for the future." 

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 pizza luncheons when they sign up online by Wednesday, May 4. The prizes will be given to participating companies as part of a random drawing. The Oregon SHARP Alliance is sponsoring the contest.

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


About Oregon OSHA:

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to

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