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Free SAIF farm safety seminar March 1 in Bandon - 02/20/18

What: SAIF will be presenting a free half-day seminar on agriculture safety and health on Thursday, March 1.

Who should attend: The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

When: Thursday, March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: Bandon's Conference and Community Center located at 1200 11th Street SW.

More information: www.saif.com/agseminars. Photos from earlier seminars are available by request.

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SAIF's free farm safety seminars kick off Oct. 31
Annual seminars visiting 16 cities between now and March.

While agriculture has its fair share of injuries and illnesses, it's not easy for workers and employers to get away from the fields to learn how to reduce risks. That's why SAIF is using the off-season--October through March--to conduct its annual ag safety seminars.

SAIF has presented the free, half-day seminars for more than 20 years. SAIF will be presenting in 16 cities across the state, with a separate Spanish seminar in nine cities.

The full schedule and registration details can be found at saif.com/agseminars.

The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

This year, seminars will be held in Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Each seminar is held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and includes lunch. The first one will be October 31 in Ontario.

This year's topics include mechanical hazards, ergonomics, safety leadership and communication skills, and the difference between safety and compliance.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits and the Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

View the complete schedule or register at saif.com/agseminars. You can also register by calling 800.285.8525.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

SAIF cooks up kitchen safety series [video] - 02/06/18

Summary: Training addresses industry with high rate of injuries--with tips you can take home, too.
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When you think of workplace injuries, you probably think of high-risk industries like agriculture or logging. You probably don't consider the restaurant industry, even though it has among the highest number of injuries per employee of any Oregon industry.

That's according to new data from SAIF, which found that restaurant workers had an injury frequency that was twice as high as that of the services industry as a whole. In 2017, SAIF received more than 2,700 injury claims from the restaurant industry.

"The good news is that injury frequency is decreasing year-over-year--which we think is very promising," said Leigh Manning, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. "In addition, most injuries did not result in time-loss days, indicating many were not extensive injuries."

According to SAIF data, most of the injuries were cuts, usually from knives. Other injuries included slips, trips, and falls; strains and sprains; and burns.

To help address safety hazards, SAIF today released "Kitchen Safety Showdown," a video series featuring two chefs squaring off on safety precautions in the kitchen. The video is available in English (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL331BVFvRJ3L0k4sgERGJMDiF4YMC7TC2) and Spanish (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL331BVFvRJ3JEtkDH1Yy8zZp0Mtqijenv).

"We want to raise awareness of little things you can do around the kitchen to make a big difference on safety," said Manning. "While we created these videos with industrial kitchens in mind, many of these tips can be used in your home kitchen, too."

Manning offers these tips for kitchen safety--at home or on the job:

*Always use the right knife for the task. Sharpen knives regularly and, when you're done, never leave knives soaking in the sink.

*Store the heaviest ingredients in the middle shelves of your pantry to avoid bending and reaching.

*Use a step stool to get to hard-to-reach items--never use a chair or a box.

*Lift heavy items safely--flex knees, keep elbows close to your body, and maintain a natural curve in your back.

*Every industrial kitchen needs to have a fire extinguisher that's checked monthly and serviced yearly--consider having one in your home kitchen, too.

More information can be found at www.saif.com/kitchensafety.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Free SAIF farm safety seminars Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 in Hood River - 01/31/18

What: SAIF will be presenting free half-day seminars on agriculture safety and health. On February 14 the presentation will be in English; it will be in Spanish on February 15.

Who should attend: The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

When: Wednesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: Hood River County Fairgrounds, located at 3020 Wyeast Road.

More information: www.saif.com/agseminars. Photos from last year's seminars are available by request.

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SAIF's free farm safety seminars kick off Oct. 31
Annual seminars visiting 16 cities between now and March.

While agriculture has its fair share of injuries and illnesses, it's not easy for workers and employers to get away from the fields to learn how to reduce risks. That's why SAIF is using the off-season--October through March--to conduct its annual ag safety seminars.

SAIF has presented the free, half-day seminars for more than 20 years. SAIF will be presenting in 16 cities across the state, with a separate Spanish seminar in nine cities.

The full schedule and registration details can be found at saif.com/agseminars.

The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

This year, seminars will be held in Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Each seminar is held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and includes lunch. The first one will be October 31 in Ontario.

This year's topics include mechanical hazards, ergonomics, safety leadership and communication skills, and the difference between safety and compliance.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits and the Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

View the complete schedule or register at saif.com/agseminars. You can also register by calling 800.285.8525.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

SAIF free farm safety seminars Feb. 12, Feb. 13, and Feb. 27 in Woodburn - 01/29/18

What: SAIF will be presenting free half-day seminars on agriculture safety and health. On February 12 and February 27 the presentations will be in English; the presentation will be in Spanish on February 13.

Who should attend: The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

When: Monday, February 12, Tuesday, February 13, and Tuesday, February 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: Legacy Health's Wellspring Conference Center, located at 1475 Mt. Hood Avenue.

More information: www.saif.com/agseminars. Photos from last year's seminars are available by request.

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SAIF's free farm safety seminars kick off Oct. 31
Annual seminars visiting 16 cities between now and March.

While agriculture has its fair share of injuries and illnesses, it's not easy for workers and employers to get away from the fields to learn how to reduce risks. That's why SAIF is using the off-season--October through March--to conduct its annual ag safety seminars.

SAIF has presented the free, half-day seminars for more than 20 years. SAIF will be presenting in 16 cities across the state, with a separate Spanish seminar in nine cities.

The full schedule and registration details can be found at saif.com/agseminars.

The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

This year, seminars will be held in Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Each seminar is held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and includes lunch. The first one will be October 31 in Ontario.

This year's topics include mechanical hazards, ergonomics, safety leadership and communication skills, and the difference between safety and compliance.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits and the Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

View the complete schedule or register at saif.com/agseminars. You can also register by calling 800.285.8525.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.