Oregon OSHA free ergonomics training coming to Portland
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) will
be offering a free training session to members of the Portland-area business
community about office ergonomics and protecting workers from bloodborne
pathogens during December.
Oregon OSHA will be offering "Ergonomics in the Office"
on Thursday December 5 from 8:00am to Noon. The workshop will be held
at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Center Room #211, 2379 NE 178th Avenue
in Portland (near Interstate 84 and 181st). Oregon OSHA provides workshop
materials for participants, and there is no charge for the workshop.
The workshop will be an introduction to ergonomics, the science concerning
human performance and safety in relation to their job's equipment, tools
and environment. The focus of the workshop is the unique ergonomic problems
office workers may face, including poor workstation configuration, selecting
the correct video-display computer system, and controlling cumulative
In 2000, almost 26 percent of the 1.7 million Americans injured at work
were service sector workers with injuries related to muscle, nerve or
tendon damage. Practicing good ergonomics in the workplace can increase
work productivity by reducing down-time caused by worker injuries, stress
Oregon OSHA will also offer a free "Exposure Control/Bloodborne
Pathogens" training workshop to help employers develop a written
exposure control program, and understand protective equipment and practices
needed by workers who encounter needles, or who may be exposed to bodily
fluids, in their work site. This workshop will occur Thursday December
5 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Center Room
#211 in Portland. Oregon OSHA provides workshop materials for participants.
Oregon OSHA offers a variety of conferences, on-site training, educational
resources and consultation services to help Oregon employers create safer
workplaces and reduce the amount of productivity lost due to injuries
which occur at work. Additional information and resources are available
on Oregon OSHA's website, www.orosha.org
For more information about these workshops or to register, call the Oregon
OSHA Education Section, (503) 947-7443, or toll-free in Oregon, (888)
292-5247 Option 2.