Safety Break – the one-day event designed to raise awareness and promote workplace safety – is coming up next month.
This year's Safety Break, set for May 9, encourages employees and management to work together to make their workplaces safer. Your Safety Break can be as short as a 15-minute discussion about hazards where you work.
Companies planning to participate can sign up online before May 1 to be entered to win one of three $100 pizza luncheons. 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.
Oregon OSHA created Safety Break in 2003 at the urging of industry leaders concerned about an increase in workplace deaths in the state during 2002. But Safety Break had a little known predecessor, which debuted 29 years earlier. Called the First Occupational Safety and Health Awareness Day, the April 1979 event was organized by Mt. Hood Community College's Trades and Service Occupations Division to "get all Oregon employers and employees to place special emphasis on safety for one work day in their plant, shop, or office."