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Finalists named in high school safety video contest - 03/15/19

(Salem) – High school students across the state created videos that are full of drama, music, humor, and captivating characters to boost awareness about workplace safety – all with the central message, “Speak up. Work safe.” The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) sponsors the annual video contest to engage teen workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.

The top five finalists are now posted on YouTube for viewing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5_HsiPb_rc&list=PLM75uPd4sBhx05JwZDmjYieJiG49qjsDx

The finalists are:

  • “Safety Joe: Pizza Time” – Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis
  • “Touch & Go” – South Salem High School
  • “70 & Counting” – South Salem High School
  • “Anytime, Anyplace” – Summit High School, Bend
  • “The Safety Bros” – Parkrose High School, Portland

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and will earn a matching amount for their school. O[yes] organizes the contest, which is sponsored by Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SHARP Alliance, the Construction Safety Summit, Northern Lights Theatre and Pub, and SafeBuild Alliance.

The contest, open to all high school students in Oregon, tasked students with creating a 90-second or less video based on the concept of speaking up about hazards at work. Participants were encouraged to get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves – and their co-workers – from getting hurt on the job. The videos were judged on originality, youth appeal, overall production quality, and effective use of the “Speak up. Work safe” message.

Contest winners will be announced during a video-viewing and awards event to be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Northern Lights Theatre and Pub in Salem.

For contest information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest.

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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 Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/.

 

Oregon has one of the nation's first Prescription Drug Price Transparency Programs and it is ready to hear from you - 03/08/19

Salem – The Department of Consumer and Business Services is ready to hear about prescription drug price increases from consumers, health insurance companies, and drug manufacturers.

 

The Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act (HB 4005), from the 2018 Legislative Session, established Oregon’s drug price transparency program. The new law requires prescription drug manufacturers and health insurance companies to report specific drug price increases to the department’s Division of Financial Regulation.

 

The program staff are ready to hear from consumers as well.

 

All Oregonians are encouraged to report an increase in the cost of their prescription drugs to the division one of three ways:

 

We are excited to bring one of the nation’s first prescription drug price transparency programs to Oregonians,” said Andrew Stolfi, insurance commissioner. “It will help people better understand why drug prices increase, and help legislators make informed decisions on how to control rising costs.”

 

Consumer reports and the pricing of new prescription drugs will be made available as soon as information is received and reviewed. Insurer and drug manufacturer price increase reports will be available later this fall. 

 

The division will provide annual reports to Oregon State Legislature based on the information provided by consumers, and the data reported by health insurers and prescription drug manufacturers.  

 

This program is designed to report drug price increases only. If a consumer has a problem with their health insurance or prescription drug coverage they should contact our consumer advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free). To learn more about Oregon’s Prescription Drug Price Transparency Program, visit dfr.oregon.gov/drugtransparency.

 

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About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. 

 

 

About Oregon DFR:

The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.

Safety leaders honored at Oregon GOSH Conference - 03/06/19

(Salem) – Fourteen leaders in on-the-job safety and health were honored with awards at the 2019 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, during a Wednesday, March 6, ceremony at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

A panel of industry professionals judges the awards, which honor extraordinary contributions to the field of workplace safety and health. The categories include outstanding safety programs; safety, health, and wellness advocates; innovators; individuals; associations; and teams.

The recipients this year are as follows:

Association Award

  • West Coast Chapter of ADSC-IAFD, a trade group focused on drilled shafts, anchored earth retention, and micropile technologies

Innovation Awards

  • Boise Cascade Willamina Veneer 
  • Snyder Roofing of Oregon LLC

Labor Representative Award         

  • Barry Moreland, safety director for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Oregon-Columbia Chapter and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union #48 (IBEW)

Safety and Health Professional Awards

  • Chuck Easterly, director of the Safe and Healthy Workplace Center at SAIF
  • Rick McMurry, health and safety director at MHA Resources, overseeing safety operations for Ward Henshaw Construction, P&C Construction, and Baker-York Equipment and Supply
  • Scott Knutz, environmental, safety, and health supervisor for Les Schwab Tires Inc.

Safety Committee/Team Awards

  • Construction Safety Summit
  • Duro-Last, Western District Safety Committee

Safety/Health/Wellness Advocate Awards

  • Andrew Hall, guest care manager at Portland Rescue Mission’s Burnside Shelter
  • Judi Croft, safety services team supervisor for SAIF
  • Kathy Nishimoto, chief operating officer of Duckwall Fruit

Workplace Safety Program Awards

  • BMWC Constructors, Inc.
  • Boise Cascade Co. Western Oregon Region

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, partners with the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals to sponsor the conference.

More information about the conference is on the GOSH website: www.oregongosh.com.

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About Oregon OSHA:

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, go to 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.

 

 

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Forklift drivers tackle safety challenge - 03/05/19

WHO: Skilled forklift drivers, both in teams and individually, will compete in the Columbia Forklift Challenge at the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference. Teams participating in this year’s event include Boise Cascade, Hyster-Yale Group, Nortek Air Solutions, and Siltronic Corporation.

WHAT: Judges will assess drivers’ ability to safely operate a forklift during a variety of timed challenges. The obstacles include tight slalom runs, precise loading/unloading using pallets, racking, and other props. Cash prizes range from $200 to $500.

The largest conference of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, GOSH features 160 workshops and sessions. It is designed to educate managers and workers about workplace safety and health issues.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 6

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall C

777 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Portland, Ore., 97232

(Media should check in with Aaron Corvin)

More information about the conference speakers, classes, and registration is on the GOSH website: www.oregongosh.com.

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About Oregon OSHA:

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, go to 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.

 

 

Oregon announces 2018 workplace deaths - 03/05/19

(Salem) – Thirty-five people covered by the Oregon workers’ compensation system died on the job in 2018, according to preliminary figures issued today by the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). That’s the same as 2017’s figure.

Total fatality counts in 2014, 2015, and 2016 were 31, 27, and 29, respectively, meaning that 2017 and 2018 saw the highest totals in recent years. Averaged over five years, there were approximately 31 on-the-job deaths annually.

Whether the numbers go up or down, or stay the same, DCBS is always cautious about drawing conclusions based on single-year comparisons of fatality data, which can be affected by a number of factors and may not represent a trend. The 2018 numbers are preliminary and will not be finalized until early 2020.

“Through enforcement and education, we have made major advancements in our struggle against workplace death,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “However, there are still far too many workers who die from things we know how to prevent.”

The agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry saw the largest concentration of deaths in 2018, with nine workers killed in that industry. Seven of those people worked in logging. Transportation and warehousing, which includes truck transportation, had seven deaths. There were five deaths in the wholesale trade industry.

Overall, workplace deaths are down significantly compared to previous decades, as illustrated by compensable fatality rates, which track the number of accepted fatal claims per 100,000 workers.

In 2002, for example, the fatality rate was 3.3. In 2016, it was 1.6. That means the worker fatality rate in Oregon dropped by about half over a 15-year period. By way of context, the fatality rate in 1987 was 7.1. And the fatality rate has steadily come down despite a significantly larger workforce.

While fatalities are significantly down compared to previous decades, the overall downward trend appears to have flattened out.

From 2011 to 2017, for example, the compensable fatality rate hovered at or near 1.8 for five of those seven years. Meanwhile, compensable fatality data are not the only way to gauge the reality of death in the workplace.

Another barometer is the Workplace Fatalities in Oregon (WFO) program, which tracks on-the-job deaths regardless of workers’ compensation status. The program – a more comprehensive method of identifying fatalities – is relatively new and continues to collect data. DCBS issued the program’s first preliminary report in 2017. It showed that 61 people died on the job in 2016 – a nearly 50 percent increase from 2015’s figure of 41 deaths.

Using WFO guidelines, total workplace deaths were estimated for 2012 through 2014. Averaged over five years, there were approximately 51 on-the-job deaths annually.

“The recent numbers are troubling,” Wood said. “They demand our full attention as we look to the future and renew our commitment to pinpointing and eliminating workplace hazards. And these are not mere statistics. These are individual stories of lives cut short. We can – and we must – do better.”

In addition to its workplace health and safety enforcement activities, Oregon OSHA offers no-cost consultation services, technical guidance, educational workshops, and training videos to help employers create or improve their safety and health programs. Learn more by visiting https://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.

Compensable fatality statistics are compiled from records of death claim benefits paid by Oregon workers’ compensation insurers during the calendar year. Unlike the WFO program, the compensable data excludes workplace deaths involving self-employed individuals, city of Portland police and fire employees, federal employees, and incidents occurring in Oregon to individuals with out-of-state employers. These workers are either not subject to Oregon workers’ compensation coverage requirements or are covered by other compensation systems.
 

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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.  

 

Learn Medicare basics in a free, local workshop - 03/01/19

(Salem) – Experts from Oregon’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program (SHIBA) will be in Bend this month to hold a two-hour “Medicare 101” workshop.

The class will cover:

*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

It will be held Tuesday, March 12, 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Charles Hospital, 2500 NE Neff Rd. in Bend.

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. Please email Jane Roger at jroger@councilonaging.org to register.

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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.