Under the new law, employers must prominently post “No Smoking” signs and must prohibit smoking within 10 feet of doors, windows and air intake vents. Employers must also ensure that ashtrays are at least 10 feet from entrances, and train all employees on how to ask patrons to refrain from smoking.
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In Oregon the Oregon Labor Board is run by Dan Gardner who is our main person when it comes to any and all issues when it comes to unemployment issues as well as workplace safety issues on our state. This board also oversees all aspects of wages and employment issues in our state. Oregon has a minimum wage of $7.50 per hour which is applied to all employees of the state. This is higher than the national minimum wage of $5.15 per hour. This is done in a n effort to help with the spending and to promote people coming in and working in our state. This minimum wage is applied to all employees including minors and senior citizens.
In Oregon our unemployment rate is currently at 5.4% which is .2 lower than it was in May however it is still higher than the national average of 4.8%. We are getting closer and working very hard to lower our level of unemployed by providing different programs and services to these people in order to help them to get back up on their feet and into the workforce. These programs are designed to help people get new jobs or to find something similar that will help them to sustain their livelihood.
With the Oregon Labor Board a large emphasis is placed on safety and is done so not only to benefit the employee but the employer as well. Everyone is concerned about safety and we all want to do our part to make sure that we come home safe every day from work. So follow the example of the board and work safe and sound. Use the tools provided as well as follow all safety rules as implemented by the state and the company you are working for. A safe place is a happy place.
I have been reading up on OSHA practices within individual states this week. One of the best OSHA Web sites exists in Oregon. The Web site is packed with helpful information and resources that employers and workers can use to help keep the workplace safe and productive.
The purpose of OSHA is to keep the workplace safe and healthy for workers. One of the things that OSHA is responsible for is making sure that workplaces have adequate safety equipment that has been deemed important for certain types of work. For example, a person who works in a lab should have access to an eye flushing station. A person who works on a construction site should have a hardhat.
OSHA is also responsible for gathering data about on the job accidents and fatalities within a given state according to the industry and the cause of death. The Oregon Web site keeps a comprehensive list of fatalities that have occurred during the workday and on-site for workers for the past six years. This report was published in June, 2005.
These fatalities were not always related to the job. For example, the statistics show that three people died in 2004 from Aneurysms.
One of the things that I found most promising was that there is a significant decrease in the amount of fatalities due to crushing. The OSHA report states that in 2000, 15 people were crushed whereas in 2005, only six people were crushed.
However, the OSHA studies also show that there has been a lot of fluctuation in the number of heart attacks that people suffered while on the job. In 2000, 12 people died of heart attacks. In 2002, 30 people died of heart attacks. In 2005, 23 people died of heart attacks. Heart attacks are also the most common cause for workplace fatalities according to the OSHA study.
Employees can obtain detailed information regarding Oregon’s OSHA laws and all the most up to date state laws along with the fedearl on the Oregon Complete Labor Law poster.