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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
January 31, 2005
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

May 11 marks the 2005 Safety Break for Oregon

(Salem) – Employers across the state are encouraged to take part in the third annual ‘Safety Break for Oregon’ on May 11, 2005. The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) today launched outreach efforts promoting this safety-and-health awareness event.

Oregon OSHA coordinates the one-day event, designed to raise awareness and showcase the value of workplace safety and health in preventing injuries and illnesses. This event is designed to be flexible and easily adapted to an employer’s safety and health program needs. In May of last year, employers across Oregon found creative ways to recognize the value of safety in the workplace, honor safety achievements, salute safe workers, and demonstrate their commitment to keeping workplaces safe. Information about this year’s Safety Break, including graphics for use by employers in promoting the event, are available on the Oregon OSHA Web site, www.orosha.org.

The Safety Break for Oregon is an important component of the ‘Safe Jobs, Smart Business’ education and outreach campaign launched last year by the Department of Consumer and Business Services. The purpose of the campaign is to help employers plan ahead for working safely and reduce the cost to Oregon’s businesses that result from serious workplace accidents.

For additional information about the Safety Break for Oregon, or to let Oregon OSHA know about your Safety Break event, call 503-947-7428.

Oregon OSHA is committed to partnering with employers and workers to keep Oregon's injury rates low, and workers' compensation costs under control. One of the best things an employer can do to prevent injuries is to properly train employees. Oregon OSHA offers free training, free safety and health consultations, and education and training materials from the OR-OSHA Resource Center. Keep your employees and workplaces safe through a commitment to training, education and elimination of hazards.