Prioritizing Safety: Worker Memorial Day, Safety Week and Oregon Safety Break

Beginning tomorrow and leading into early May, we observe our highest profile workplace safety events. Although work has been impacted by the pandemic, one thing that still holds true is that May continues to be an important month for us to take time to review how we are doing in our workplace injury and illness prevention efforts. It is also a time to honor those who have lost life because of work, while pledging to do better. We hope you will join us in supporting upcoming events led by organizations and community partners.

The Events

2021 Workers Memorial Day: April 28, 2021

Each year Oregon’s unions gather in Salem to honor those who died while working, or  from work-related injuries and illness, and pledge to do everything within our power to make work safe. This annual event is led by Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon’s union and Oregon OSHA. As related on the Oregon AFL-CIO event webpage, this year’s Workers Memorial Day observance will be especially difficult due to the toll placed on Oregon’s workers, families and communities by both the pandemic and wildfires. Sign up to virtually attend this year’s event. Those in Washington State can join this event.

Construction Safety Week: May 3-7, 2021

Construction Safety Week offers an opportunity for those working in construction and the trades to review and prioritize ongoing safety culture, values, policies and procedures. Many organizations are focusing on how well they holistically support their workforce in meaningful ways that, in addition to supporting worker well-being, prevent injuries and illnesses. Here’s some regional events to participate in:

National Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction: May 3-7, 2021

A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”.

Safety Break Oregon: May 12, 2021

Join worksites across Oregon and honor safety leaders, hold a training, or get a conversation started about safety and health as we celebrate workplace safety and health. We are pleased to have OHSU participating site-wide in Safety Break 2021.

Yes, workplace safety matters. Each and every minute.

Workers memorial plaque in Salem, Oregon