History of Safety Break
Oregon OSHA launched Safety Break for Oregon in 2003 at the urging of industry leaders who were concerned about an increase in workplace deaths during 2002.
Oregon OSHA attributed the 2002 increase to the state's lagging economy, which resulted in some companies laying off employees in safety-related positions. But members of the business community, including construction companies, were concerned that other factors were involved.
In response, Oregon OSHA agreed to help organize and promote a day dedicated to safety awareness. Since then, Safety Break for Oregon has annually called on employers across the state to spend time engaging workers in a conversation about safety, and to renew their focus on identifying and eliminating hazards.