Oregon OSHA Construction Depot Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

June 2017

Celebrate Safe + Sound Week, June 12-18

OSHA has designated June 12-18 as Safe + Sound Week – a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs – and there's still time to participate. To get started, just organize one or more activities at your workplace that emphasize the importance of your safety and health program.

In Oregon, the concept of the safety and health program dates to 1976 when Oregon OSHA's processor, the Accident Prevention Division, explored ways to help employers better manage workplace safety. What evolved from that effort was a set of seven core elements – the essential parts of an effective safety and health program – that could be adapted to any business. Business owners just needed to take the time and make the effort to implement them. Those original core elements were:

  • Management leadership
  • Accountability and supervision
  • Employee participation
  • Employee training
  • Hazard identification
  • Hazard prevention
  • Planning and evaluation

If you need help developing your safety and health program, you might check out OSHA's Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs, which note, "The idea is to begin with a basic program and simple goals and grow from there. If you focus on achieving goals, monitoring performance, and evaluating outcomes, your workplace can progress along the path to higher levels of safety and health achievement."

You might also want to check out Oregon OSHA's Foundation of a safe workplace guide.

More information about how to participate in Safe + Sound Week, ideas for events and resources, and details of planned events around the country are available on the OSHA's Safe + Sound webpage.