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State organizations align on health and safety

SAIF, Oregon OSHA, and the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU sign first-ever alliance on Total Worker Health®

posted March 10, 2017

Representatives from three Oregon worker safety organizations last week signed an agreement to form an alliance that will improve the health, safety and well-being of Oregon workers. The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, Oregon OSHA and SAIF committed to partnering on Total Worker Health, advocating for a broader approach to worker well-being beyond the workplace.

The alliance, the first of its kind nationwide, will work together to provide training, conduct research and educate Oregon workers on their rights, in an effort to improve overall worker safety and health, and prevent workplace injuries. The organizations will expand the knowledge and application of Total Worker Health principles and practices that have been established by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Total Worker Health acknowledges that people's jobs can impact their overall health, and that their lives outside of their jobs can impact their safety at work. For instance, issues like poor sleep at home can significantly increase a worker's risk of getting injured.

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, part of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, is a NIOSH Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health. SAIF is a Total Worker Health Affiliate.

For more information, visit SAIF.com/TWH, Oregon OSHA, and OHSU's Oregon Healthy Workforce Center.

About Oregon OSHA
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers.

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.

About the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU
The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU is dedicated to health and safety in the workforce. Our mission is to promote health, and prevent disease and disability among working Oregonians and their families during their employment years and through retirement through basic and applied research, outreach and education.