Employers across Oregon are encouraged to promote safety during Safety Break for Oregon on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. In past years, employers have participated by hosting safety demonstrations, award recognition events, and training.
Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) coordinates the one-day event, designed to raise awareness and promote the value of safety and health in preventing on-the-job injuries and illnesses. The voluntary event, which occurs on the second Wednesday in May, is flexible to meet an employer's safety and health program needs.
"We invite employers to get creative and have fun while focusing on safety and health issues," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "This is an opportunity to celebrate safety achievements or start a conversation around improving on-the-job safety."
Safety Break encourages employees and management to work together on identifying safety and health concerns. The result of this cooperation can lead to fewer injuries and reduced workers' compensation costs for employers.
Companies planning to participate will be entered to win one of three $100 pizza luncheons when they sign up online by Friday, May 3. The prizes will be given to participating companies as part of a random drawing. The Oregon SHARP Alliance is sponsoring the contest.
For more information, ideas on how to host an event, or to download graphics, go the Safety Break for Oregon website.
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