Oregon OSHA Health and Safety


October 2015

Short Takes

Does a required poster cost $84? Nope, it's a scam.

Serious workplace injury? Call 911 first.

Oregon OSHA honors students with Workers Memorial Scholarships

Fifth-year SHARP for Boise Cascade's White City Veneer plant

Kids' Chance of Oregon awards scholarship to three Oregon students

Does a required poster cost $84? Nope, it's a scam.

Compliance poster solicitations may look official, but they are scams that charge employers $84 for posters that are free on the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) website. BOLI's Technical Assistance for Employers Program offers free online access to all required posters, as well as nine-in-one and seven-in-one composite versions that are available for $12.50 plus shipping.

Download required posters from www.oregon.gov/boli/

Employment poster scams are a concern for many business owners. Required employment posters are generally free. You can download most posters directly from government agency websites.

Serious workplace injury? Call 911 first.

When a worker needs medial attention for a serious injury (or any other medical condition), call 911. Do not rely on self-assessments or medical assessments from well-intentioned co-workers. This year, a number of workplace medical emergencies have left workers waiting while co-workers discussed whether a 911 call was necessary. In one case, co-workers loaded an injured worker – who was sitting in a chair unable to move – into a truck and drove him to an urgent care center, only to discover that the facility was not equipped to deal with his injuries.

There is nothing wrong with an emergency plan relies on a 911 call for serious medical events.
In fact, it is a good idea!

Did you know?

Just published


Oregon OSHA's safety and health poster, "It's the Law", has a new look. The redesigned poster includes the same information as the previous one and is available in English and Spanish.

Fact sheets

Our fact sheets are getting a makeover too. Check out the new look on three that have been recently updated.

Crane standard: A timeline

Operating powered industrial trucks (forklifts)

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Oregon OSHA honors students with Workers Memorial Scholarships

Oregon OSHA awarded five students with Workers Memorial Scholarships during a public ceremony in August. Those who received scholarships included (one recipient asked to remain anonymous):

• Amanda Shaffer (Medford) $500
• Daisy Maldonado Dominguez (Wilsonville) $500
• Kassandra McCabe (Springfield) $1,000
• Nicole Beck (Gold Hill): $1,000

Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, which includes members from business, organized labor, and government. Oregon OSHA presents the awards annually to help in the postsecondary education of spouses or children of permanently and totally disabled or fatally injured workers.

Fifth-year SHARP for Boise Cascade's White City Veneer plant

Boise Cascade's White City Veneer plant recently celebrated its fifth year as a SHARP company. Oregon OSHA safety consultant David Heath and health consultant Paul Utterback were part of the team that helped the plant achieve the five-year milestone. The celebration brought in several visitors from Boise Cascade plants across the country who wanted to learn more about SHARP and White City's success.

The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes employers that have implemented commendable safety and health programs. Companies that complete four years in the SHARP program and successfully renew for a fifth year are eligible to graduate.


Oregon OSHA recognizes workplaces with excellent safety and health management systems through its SHARP and Voluntary Protection (VPP) programs. For more information, see Oregon OSHA's SHARP and VPP webpages.

Kids' Chance of Oregon awards scholarship to three Oregon students

Zsofika Wigney and Kayla and Randi Johnston recently received scholarships from Kids' Chance of Oregon, a two-year-old nonprofit organization that provides post-secondary and trade school scholarships to children of Oregon workers who have been severely or fatally injured in a workplace accident.

The three students received their awards on Sept. 16 at McMenamin's Kennedy School.

Zsofika Wigney lost her father to a workplace accident in 2012. She attends Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, and plans to go to medical school to someday work as a geriatric physician. Zsofika received a $14,000 scholarship.

Twins Kayla and Randi Johnston were 5 years old when their father was killed in a job-related accident. Both are studying business management at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., and plan to attend Oregon State University next year. They received $1,200 and $1,400 scholarships, respectively.

Oregon is one of 27 states with a Kids' Chance chapter. The Kids' Chance organization was founded in 1988 by Robert Clyatt, a workers' compensation attorney from Georgia who saw firsthand the devastating impact that severe workplace injuries had on children and their families. The Oregon chapter's 12-member board is represented by Bob Shiprack, a retired executive director of the Oregon State Building Trades Council, and Bob Tackett, executive secretary-treasurer of the Northwest Oregon Labor Council. Other board members include Nelson Hall, a labor attorney at Bennett, Hartman, Morris & Kaplan, and Jennifer Flood, State of Oregon ombudsmen for injured workers.

Source: The Northwest Labor Press

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