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Safely processing hemp, other topics featured in Oregon OSHA newsletter

For immediate release
Dec. 23, 2019
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​​​Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer
971-718-6973, aaron.corvin@dcbs.​
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December issue offers stories, data, and tools for employers, workers

Salem, OR — Learn how a family farm built a hemp-processing facility into a model of workplace safety. Get tips on how to safely remove snow from roofs as the snowy season looms. Check out the top 10 on-the-job safety and health violations for 2019 – and connect with tools to help make your worksite safer.

These stories and information – and more – are now available in the December issue of Health and Safety Resource. The bimonthly online newsletter, published by Oregon OSHA, empowers employers and workers with knowledge about how to make their workplaces safer and healthier.

Inside the current issue, you’ll find:

  • FSOil grows a model safety culture: Spend time with a family farm in Woodburn that not only found success in Oregon’s burgeoning hemp industry, but did so while focusing on the safety and health of its workers.
  • How to safely remove snow from roofs: Do you understand the hazards of removing snow from roofs? Do you know which Oregon OSHA rules apply to such work? Get answers – and more – from this story.
  • Going the Distance: Meet Elizabeth Kokos, senior wind technician for PGE’s Biglow Canyon wind farm. Kokos discusses the wind farm’s journey through Oregon OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

Other features include: 

  • Administrator’s message: Learn about Oregon OSHA’s policy vision.
  • Did you know? Scan the list of the top safety and health violations in 2019, and click links to find helpful tools.
  • Short takes: Review recent enforcement actions, access free online training for roofing safety, and learn about and support a high school video safety contest.

Check out previous issues of Resource

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