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Free ag safety seminar October 30 in Ontario - 10/16/18

What: SAIF will be presenting a free, half-day seminar on agriculture safety and health on Tuesday, October 30.

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: Tuesday, October 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: The Clarion Inn located at 1249 Tapadera Avenue.  

More information: www.saif.com/agseminars. SAIF safety management consultants are available for interviews on the seminars and ag safety. Photos from last year’s seminars are available by request.
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SAIF’s free ag safety seminars return later this month

Annual trainings will be held in 16 cities between October and March and—for the first time—online as a webinar.

Whether operating large farm equipment or spraying chemicals, agricultural workers face a lot of risks on the job.

That’s why SAIF is bringing our free ag safety seminars back to 16 cities across Oregon this fall and winter. The first of 28 seminars will be held October 30 in Ontario and they will continue through March. Nine seminars will be presented entirely in Spanish.  

The full schedule, registration details, and the list of speakers can be found at saif.com/agseminars. You can also register by calling 800.285.8525.

“We see about 1,500 injuries in the ag industry a year,” said Reva Hartenstein, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. “We created these seminars to help reduce those numbers—our goal is for every ag worker to go home safe and healthy each night.”

This year’s sessions will focus on four safety topics: training new employees, best practices for chemical use, conscious decision making, and safe driving on and off the farm.

“Motor vehicle accidents account for some of the most severe injuries in the ag industry—and across Oregon industries,” said Hartenstein.  

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.

Each of the one-hour seminar topics will be presented via webinar on March 12, 14, 19, and 21. Participants are encouraged—and required if seeking an exemption for random OSHA inspections—to watch all four presentations. The webinars will be available at saif.com/training.

Each seminar is held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and includes lunch. 

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

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

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 Landscape Contractors Board has approved the seminar for three hours of technical and one hour of business continuing education credits. The Department of Consumer and Business Services has also approved producer continuing education credit hours for licensed insurance agents.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, 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's free ag safety seminars return later this month - 10/16/18

Summary: Annual trainings will be held in 16 cities between October and March and—for the first time—online as a webinar.

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Whether operating large farm equipment or spraying chemicals, agricultural workers face a lot of risks on the job.

That’s why SAIF is bringing our free ag safety seminars back to 16 cities across Oregon this fall and winter. The first of 28 seminars will be held October 30 in Ontario and they will continue through March. Nine seminars will be presented entirely in Spanish.

The full schedule, registration details, and the list of speakers can be found at saif.com/agseminars. You can also register by calling 800.285.8525.

“We see about 1,500 injuries in the ag industry a year,” said Reva Hartenstein, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. “We created these seminars to help reduce those numbers—our goal is for every ag worker to go home safe and healthy each night.”

This year’s sessions will focus on four safety topics: training new employees, best practices for chemical use, conscious decision making, and safe driving on and off the farm.

“Motor vehicle accidents account for some of the most severe injuries in the ag industry—and across Oregon industries,” said Hartenstein.  

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.

Each of the one-hour seminar topics will be presented via webinar on March 12, 14, 19, and 21. Participants are encouraged—and required if seeking an exemption for random OSHA inspections—to watch all four presentations. The webinars will be available at saif.com/training.

Each seminar is held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and includes lunch. 

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

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

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 Landscape Contractors Board has approved the seminar for three hours of technical and one hour of business continuing education credits. The Department of Consumer and Business Services has also approved producer continuing education credit hours for licensed insurance agents.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, 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.     

Here's what you're missing when you're looking at your phone [video] - 10/09/18

You miss a lot of life looking at your phone—and could put your life in danger.

That’s the message in a new video from SAIF, highlighting the dangers of distracted walking: https://youtu.be/CIYRfy6wqQg.

“We’ve heard a lot about distracted driving, but cell phones can pose a big distraction for pedestrians, too,” said Matt Krell, safety and health services manager at SAIF. “We urge you to put away your cell phone when walking—and ideally, that includes your headphones.”

While distracted walking can be risky, Krell still recommends getting your steps in throughout the day—physical activity helps employees stay alert and engaged, leading to fewer injuries.

When taking your wellness break, Krell offers the following safe walking precautions:

  • Never text or talk on the phone while walking—and not just on the road. (More than half of distracted walking injuries happen at home.) Remove headphones.
  • Walk on the sidewalk if possible. If you must walk on the street, face oncoming traffic.
  • Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street. Use designated crosswalks.
  • Make eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you. Never rely on a car to stop.
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing.
  • Walk in groups whenever possible. You’re more likely to be seen—and less likely to be on your phone.

“As it's getting darker earlier, it’s especially important to be aware of your surroundings and to make sure you’re visible to everyone else on the road,” says Krell.

“These are also great tips to share with your kids—whether they walk to school or are trick-or-treating later this month.”

More information about safe walking, and other ways to get active, can be found at saif.com/pedestriansafety.

SAIF also recommends employers talk with their employees about not answering work calls on the road—more information on distracted driving can be found at saif.com/distracteddriving.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, 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 remains one of nation's 10 healthiest workplaces - 10/01/18

Summary: Oregon not-for-profit celebrated in nationwide program for third year in a row.

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SAIF has been recognized as one of the Healthiest Workplaces in America for the third year in a row. The award, presented by Springbuk, recognizes organizations for their commitment to employee health and exceptional corporate wellness programming. SAIF ranked ninth.

This is the third consecutive year SAIF has placed among the healthiest 100 workplaces, and the second year SAIF was ranked among the top 10.

SAIF was recognized for its commitment to Total Worker Health, a safety concept that integrates health and well-being with injury prevention and protection. In addition, SAIF stood out for high employee participation—97 percent of SAIF employees participate in the wellness program—and the free onsite Health and Wellness Center for employees.

“We are proud to be recognized for our focus on employee wellness,” said Jennifer Webster, SAIF’s vice president of human resources. “We are especially honored after hearing what some of the other great organizations are doing—we are constantly looking at how to take our Total Worker Health efforts to the next level.”

Nearly 1,200 employers applied for the Springbuk award. Other winners include SAIF policyholders Leatherman Tool Group, Inc., Samaritan Health Services, Craft Brew Alliance, Eugene Water & Electric Board, and Permanente Dental Associates, P.C.

Earlier this month, SAIF placed first in its size category for the Portland Business Journal's Healthiest Employer in Oregon awards. This is the eighth year SAIF has finished in the top three.

SAIF has more than 1,000 employees, with regional offices in Salem, Bend, Eugene, Medford, North Bend, and Portland.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, 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 dividend worth nearly $1.2 million to Malheur County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Malheur County will be receiving more than $1.17 million—an average of $2,127 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $4.6 million to Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa County economies - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Umatilla County will be receiving more than $2.9 million this year—an average of $2,962 per employer. Policyholders in Union County will be receiving more than $1.2 million—an average of $2,768 per employer. In Wallowa County, policyholders will be receiving nearly $487,000, an average of $1,894 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth nearly $1 million to Curry County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Curry County will be receiving more than $959,000—an average of $2,441 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth nearly $2.4 million to Josephine County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Josephine County will be receiving nearly $2.4 million—an average of $2,366 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $7 million to Jackson County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Jackson County will be receiving more than $7.1 million—an average of $2,595 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth nearly $618,000 to Baker County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Baker County will be receiving nearly $618,00 this year—an average of $1,755 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth nearly $4.5 million to Douglas County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Douglas County will be receiving nearly $4.5 million this year—an average of $3,547 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth nearly $16 million to Lane County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Lane County will be receiving $15.9 million this year—an average of $3,725 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $3.2 million to Coos County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Coos County will be receiving more than $3.2 million this year—an average of $3,907 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $29 million to Multnomah County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Multnomah County will be receiving $29.2 million this year—an average of $3,361 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth nearly $14 million to Clackamas County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Clackamas County will be receiving $13.9 million this year—an average of $3,339 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $16 million to Washington County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Washington County will be receiving more than $16 million this year—an average of $3,399 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $3.4 million to Yamhill County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Yamhill County will be receiving more than $3.4 million this year—an average of $2,841 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $1.4 million to Lincoln County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Lincoln County will be receiving more than $1.4 million this year—an average of $2,020 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth nearly $2.4 million to Klamath and Lake County economies - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Klamath County will be receiving more than $1.9 million this year—an average of $2,168 per employer. Policyholders in Lake County will be receiving more than $439,000—an average of $2,062 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $620,000 to Harney and Grant County economies - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Harney County will be receiving more than $345,000 this year—an average of $1,907 per employer. Policyholders in Grant County will be receiving more than $275,000—an average of $1,609 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $9.4 million to Central Oregon economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Deschutes County will be receiving $7.9 million this year—an average of $2,745 per employer. Policyholders in Jefferson County will be receiving more than $790,000—an average of $3,086 per employer. In Crook County, policyholders will be receiving nearly $769,000, an average of $2,373 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth nearly $7.4 million to Linn and Benton County economies - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Linn County will be receiving $4.7 million this year—an average of $3,113 per employer. Policyholders in Benton County will be receiving $2.7 million—an average of $2,838 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth nearly $3.4 million to Hood River and Wasco County economies - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Hood River County will be receiving $1.7 million this year—an average of $2,689 per employer. Policyholders in Wasco County will also be receiving $1.7 million—an average of $3,812 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $14 million to Marion and Polk County economies - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Marion County will be receiving $12.4 million this year—an average of $3,311 per employer. Policyholders in Polk County will be receiving $2 million—an average of $2,988 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $3.5 million to Clatsop and Tillamook County economies - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Clatsop County will be receiving $2 million this year—an average of $2,984 per employer. Policyholders in Tillamook County will be receiving $1.5 million—an average of $3,123 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF dividend worth more than $1 million to Columbia County economy - 09/25/18

Earlier this month, the SAIF board of directors announced two dividends for more than 47,000 employers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF's policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

Policyholders in Columbia County will be receiving $1.1 million this year—an average of $2,671 per employer. That does not include universities or state agencies. The checks will be mailed next month.

Read the press release for more information on this year’s dividends.

SAIF offering free forum for reforestation employers - 09/18/18

Summary: Training in Medford will focus on payroll reporting and injury prevention.

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From payroll reporting to work visas, the reforestation industry has a lot of complex employment issues. SAIF is hoping to help employers by offering a free half-day forum to discuss top concerns.

“We are hearing from employers there is a lot of confusion around workers’ compensation and reforestation,” said David Jordan, regional office director for SAIF’s Southern region. “We want to create an opportunity to discuss those collectively.”

The forum will feature educational sessions on state subjectivity, class code reporting, and industry loss trends and prevention, as well as a panel discussing intersections between the H-2B visa program and workers’ compensation.

There will also be an open forum discussion on the customer experience with SAIF.

SAIF is offering two sessions—one in English from 9 a.m. to noon, and one in Spanish from 1 to 4 p.m.—on Tuesday, October 9, at the Smullin Center, 2825 E Barnett Rd., Medford. Lunch will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. for attendees of either session.

Reservations are required as space is limited. Employers interested in attending the forum can register by phone at 541.857.4204 or online by visiting saif.com/trainings, selecting “classroom,” and then clicking on Medford trainings.

 About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, 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.