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Learn Medicare basics in a free, local workshop - 08/04/17

(Salem, Oregon) -- Oregon's Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program (SHIBA) will be in eastern Oregon next week to hold "Medicare 101" workshops.

At seven locations across six cities, a Medicare expert will explain:

*The basics of Medicare benefits
*How to enroll and how much Medicare costs
*Types of financial help available
*Where Medicare recipients can go for help

The workshops will be held:

*Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2 to 4 p.m., Grant County Senior Center, 142 N.E. Dayton St., John Day
*Wednesday, Aug. 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Blue Mountain Hospital Conference Room, 170 Ford Rd., John Day
*Thursday, Aug. 10, 6 to 8 p.m., Harney County Senior Center, 17 S. Alder Ave., Burns
*Friday, Aug. 11, 2 to 4 p.m., Ontario Community Library, 388 S.W. 2nd Ave., Ontario
*Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to noon, Emma Humphrey Library, 150 A St. E., Vale
*Saturday, Aug. 12, 2 to 4 p.m., Nyssa Public Library, 319 Main St., Nyssa
*Sunday, Aug. 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Baker County Library, 2400 Resort St., Baker City

Anyone is welcome to attend, particularly people interested in enrolling in Medicare, health care professionals who work with Medicare recipients, and nonprofit staff members who serve retirees or people with disabilities.

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Oregon SHIBA is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

Learn the signs of heat exhaustion, take precautions to protect workers - 07/31/17

(Salem) -- With the temperatures in Oregon expected to reach triple digits this week, Oregon OSHA reminds employers and workers in construction, agriculture, and other labor-intensive activities to learn the signs of heat illness and focus on prevention.

"Employers and workers in Oregon need to be especially aware of the dangers of working in high heat," said Penny Wolf-McCormick, health enforcement manager for Oregon OSHA. "That's because workers here tend to be used to working in mild weather and are frequently not acclimated to this type of heat."

"The focus should be on prevention," added Wolf-McCormick. "Employers need to provide drinking water, offer shaded places for workers to take breaks, and to watch for signs of trouble."

Those signs of trouble include headaches, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, or nausea.

Here are some tips for preventing a heat-related illness:
* Perform the heaviest, most labor-intensive work during the coolest part of the day.
* Use the buddy system (work in pairs) to monitor the heat.
* Drink plenty of cool water (one small cup every 15 to 20 minutes).
* Wear light, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing (such as cotton).
* Take frequent short breaks in cool, shaded areas -- allow your body to cool down.
* Avoid eating large meals before working in hot environments.
* Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages (these make the body lose water and increase the risk of heat illnesses).

To help those suffering from heat exhaustion:
* Move them to a cool, shaded area. Do not leave them alone.
* Loosen and remove heavy clothing.
* Provide cool water to drink (a small cup every 15 minutes) if they are not feeling sick to their stomach.
* Try to cool them by fanning them. Cool the skin with a spray mist of cold water or a wet cloth.
* If they do not feel better in a few minutes, call 911 for emergency help.

Certain medications, wearing personal protective equipment while on the job, and a past case of heat stress create a higher risk for heat illness. Heat stroke is a more severe condition than heat exhaustion and can result in death. Immediately call for emergency help if you think the person is suffering from heat stroke.

Employers can calculate the heat index for their worksite with the federal OSHA heat stress app for mobile phones. The tool is available at
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html. A number of other tools are available at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.

Oregon OSHA has a booklet available in both English and Spanish with tips for working in the heat: http://osha.oregon.gov/OSHAPubs/4926.pdf (English version), http://osha.oregon.gov/OSHAPubs/4926s.pdf (Spanish version).

Oregon OSHA also offers a pocket-sized heat stress card -- available in both English and Spanish -- that includes information about the risks of exposure to high temperature and high humidity: http://osha.oregon.gov/OSHAPubs/3333.pdf (English version), http://osha.oregon.gov/OSHAPubs/3333s.pdf (Spanish version).

For more information about heat stress and prevention of heat-related illness, go to http://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/topics/heat-stress.aspx


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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.