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SAIF farm safety seminar Nov. 30 in Eugene - 11/16/17

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

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

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

Where: Lane Events Center, located at 796 W 13th 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.

SAIF releases relaxation videos for the most stressful time of year - 11/15/17

Summary: Short, calming videos help workers combat stress.
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While stress can always be an issue, it can feel especially difficult to manage this time of year. From end-of-year deadlines, to holiday commitments, to financial concerns, it seems everyone has something causing stress. But regardless of whether your stress is due to your personal or professional life, it can be a workplace safety hazard.

According to a Colorado study, employees who reported high stress were 22 percent more likely to suffer a work-related injury.

"If your mind is on your stressor, you may miss a safety precaution or a danger signal," said Sabrina Freewynn, Total Worker Health consultant at SAIF. "This could lead to an injury to yourself or a co-worker."

In addition, long-term stress contributes to poor health, which is why SAIF is urging everyone to take a relaxation break.

"Just taking a few minutes to relax, breathe deeply, and focus on something calming can help reduce stress," said Freewynn. "We hope these videos help workers take a moment to breathe so they can then be a bit more mindful on the job."

Videos featuring scenes from around Oregon--including the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Silver Falls, and Bruce Starker Arts Park--are now available at www.saif.com/relax and https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL331BVFvRJ3JI5mrI9efXP35kEJv2D47c. SAIF will continue to add videos over time.

In addition to taking a relaxation break, Freewynn offers additional suggestions on how to manage stress:

*Take a walk or get other physical activity
*Eat good nutrition
*Improve your sleep habits
*Talk to a friend or professional
*Practice deep breathing techniques
*Make a gratitude list
*Drink a cup of tea

"When you take time to collect your thoughts and slow your breathing, it helps you manage your stress and improves your safety," Freewynn added.

Check out saif.com/relax for more information on managing stress, including tips for employers who want to support their employees.

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 seminar Nov 28. in Salem - 11/14/17

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

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

When: Tuesday, November 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included. SAIF will offer another seminar in Salem on Wednesday, February 21, and a Spanish-language seminar on Thursday, February 22.

Where: Chemeketa at Eola Northwest Viticulture Center, located at 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW

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.

Is your workplace ready for winter hazards? - 11/07/17

Summary: SAIF offers 7 ways you can act now to prevent slips, trips, and falls later.
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While most parts of Oregon are still experiencing crisp fall weather, forecasters are predicting another cold and wet winter ahead. Experts say this window of time--before snow and ice hit--is the best time to prepare your business to ensure employees avoid slips, trips, and falls.

"Last year we saw more than 1,400 slips, trips, and falls related to snow and ice--more than any winter in recent memory," said Scott Brown, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. "It's critical to take a few steps now to avoid slips later--we don't want another year of record-breaking injuries."

Brown offered 7 precautions companies can take now to prevent slips, trips, and falls this winter:

1. Check last year's incident reports to see where most slipping accidents occurred and take corrective measures to eliminate hazards.

2. Pay special attention to areas where transparent "black ice" can form, including walkways shaded by trees, buildings, or other structures. Look for partially covered walkways or parking stairwells where precipitation might blow in.

3. Plan ahead to have ice-melt granules distributed to hazard-prone areas. To learn more, read the Consumer Reports guide, including "5 steps for better deicing."

4. Ensure lighting is adequate on walkways, stairwells, parking lots, and other areas where slips might occur.

5. Consider making foot/heel traction devices available to staff who frequently work in areas where snow and ice are prevalent.

6. If your organization allows telecommuting, encourage staff to work from home when extreme conditions are expected, to minimize risk for slips, motor vehicle accidents, and other weather-related dangers.

7. Raise awareness about the importance of proper footwear and safe winter walking. Watch this video to learn how to walk like a penguin.

Read more--and download free posters--at saif.com/falls.

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.

New month: SAIF farm safety seminar Nov. 14 in Clackamas - 11/02/17

What: SAIF will be presenting a free half-day seminar on agriculture safety and health. The seminar, usually conducted in February, was rescheduled for November to better accommodate nursery schedules.

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

When: Tuesday, November 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: Monarch Hotel and Conference Center, located at 12566 SE 93rd Ave.

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 farm safety seminar Nov. 7 in Hood River - 10/26/17

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

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

When: Tuesday, November 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included. SAIF will offer another seminar in Hood River on Wednesday, February 14, and a Spanish-language seminar on Thursday, February 15.

Where: Hood River County Fairgrounds at 3020 Wyeast Road.

More information: www.saif.com/agseminars
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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 farm safety seminar Nov. 6 in Madras - 10/26/17

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

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

When: Monday, November 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: The Inn at Cross Keys Station at 66 NW Cedar Street in Madras.

More information: www.saif.com/agseminars
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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 urges pedestrians to be safe, be seen [video] - 10/25/17

Summary: New video from SAIF puts the "retro" in retroreflective wear.
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Walking is one of the best things you can do for your health. But walking at night can be dangerous if you can't be seen.

That's why SAIF released a new video today, reminding Oregonians how to get their steps in safely at night now that the days are getting shorter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDlOhr3MQIQ

"A lot of companies encourage wellness at work, which is a great thing," said Kevin Pfau, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. "But it's important to take that one step further, and remind employees of a few simple things they can do to make sure they don't run into trouble on their daily walk."

Here are a few precautions Pfau recommends:
*Walk facing traffic.
*Use sidewalks and crosswalks when available.
*Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street. Make eye contact with drivers.
*Stay alert. Avoid talking or texting on your phone.
*Carry a flashlight and wear high-visibility (preferably retroreflective) clothing and gear.

Pfau adds that, with Halloween next week, families should use this opportunity to discuss these tips with their children.

"Whether you're out for a daily walk or trick-or-treating next week, it's important to remember: be safe, be seen."

Drivers can also do their part to ensure pedestrians get home safely by remaining alert. Oregon Department of Transportation has more information on reducing distracted driving at drivehealthy.org.

More information and tips on pedestrian safety can be found at SAIF.com/pedestriansafety.

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.