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For Immediate Release
June 20, 2003

For More Information:

Kevin Weeks 503-947-7428 
kevin.s.weeks@state.or.us


June 22-30 is National Workplace Safety Week


The National Safety Council has designated the final week of June (June 22-30) as National Workplace Safety Week across the United States. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) would like to remind every employer and worker in Oregon how important it is to make workplace safety and health a priority. Workplace injuries and deaths create a profound impact in human grief and lost productivity.


There are a number of ways to improve safety at work:


Create a safety culture -
Safety in the workplace should not be 'just another program', it should be a philosophy. Employers: manage workplace safety and health as a business priority just like other performance goals. Reward safety benchmarks achieved by supervisors and employees. Employees who work safe help their company's bottom line through reduced insurance and workers' compensation costs.


Training and hazard identification -
Employers: Make sure your employees are properly trained on every piece of equipment they will operate and that they know how to provide first aid or assistance during a medical or safety emergency.

Workers: Be sure that supervisors and co-workers know about hazards you observe and support your company's safety program.


Prevent workplace injuries -
Employers: ensure that all necessary personal protective equipment is provided to employees. Make sure workstations are correctly configured to the worker's ergonomic needs.


Take simple steps -
Employers: Make safety a team effort in the same way you make production and customer service a priority at your workplace. Report your success in correcting problems to employees. Keeping everyone posted on safety improvements increases communication between you and the rest of your team.


Learn and practice basic first aid on the job -
Employers: Even a business that has a spotless safety record, and observes safe practices every day, may eventually face a medical emergency. Knowing what to do to in the first critical minutes before emergency crews arrive can save a worker or customer's life. Keep your first aid and CPR training current and your basic emergency kit fully stocked. Consider placing Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED's) in your workplace.


Oregon OSHA offers a variety of conferences, on-site training, educational resources and consultation services to help Oregon employers create safer workplaces and reduce productivity lost due to injuries that occur at work. Additional information and resources are available on Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org


With our partners in labor and management, Oregon OSHA works to make workplace safety a standard part of your daily work routine and business philosophy so you won't just think about safety one week every year - you will do it every day!