Oregon OSHA is asking employers and workers to take a “Safety Break” on Wednesday. Aaron Corvin, with Oregon OSHA, said the 19th annual event is a “stand down”, allowing everyone to pause and reflect on the high value that should be placed on workplace health and safety. He said farms and ranches are among the most hazardous places to work.

“The importance of sanitation when you’re out in the field. Also, when we head into hotter weather, when you’re working outdoors, there’s a vulnerability aspect there. And it’s important for employers to be mindful of providing water and shade.”

Corvin also pointed out that everyone bears some responsibility for workplace health and safety.

“It is the employer’s obligation to maintain a safe and healthy workplace, so I don’t want to lose sight of that. At the same time, when we’re talking about workers’ rights and responsibilities, you know, the worker has the responsibility to follow the safety procedures and practices that the employer’s expected to put into place."

More than 40 employers have already signed up online to participate in Wednesday’s event; including Hood River Juice Company, Bend Parks and Rec and the Oregon Department of Transportation.  

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