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Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) is pleased to announce 2014 College Scholarship Recipients.  The first of which is Krisin Qian From Catlin Gable School in Portland. 

Kristin's earliest musical memories begin with her playing the violin at the age of three.  Since then, she has performed at venues across the United States, China, France and Argentina, as a violinist, pianist, and composer.  In the fall, she will attend Princeton University.  Congratulations to Kristin Qian.

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The world never stops turning and some organizations never stop working no matter what time it is.  If you're working the night shift, or responsible for employees who are, you're got to take extra care to stay safe.  Sleep deprivation, fatigue, and depression are just some of the more obvious problems that workers on unconventional schedules can face.

To maintain health and sanity all night long, follow these guidelines:

 For managers:

    • Provide adequate staffing.  Employees working overnight need company to help them stay awake and to provide coverage during breaks.  Don't schedule just one or two people for the night shift if they'll need to go all-out for the full eight hours without rest.
    • Allow sufficient breaks.  Nighttime workers will need more frequent rest breaks, not just time off for lunch or dinner.  Give them adequate time to stretch and move around so their concentration stays sharp.  If possible, consider working a short nap break into the routine.  Studies show that brief naps can improve overall night shift performance.
    • Build in some transition time.  Don't expect employees to immediately move from night shifts back to daytime work, or vice versa.  Schedule a day off or two to help them adjust.
    • Include night workers in everyday routine.  Keep employees on the night shift informed about what's going on just as diligently as you do with day shift workers.  Remember to provide them the same training and development opportunities so they don't feel forgotten or left out.

 

Oregon’s private sector workers suffered work-related injuries and illnesses at a rate of 4.4 for every 100 full-time employees in the 2009 calendar year, the lowest ever recorded, according to a new report.

Of the 48,304 total work-related injury cases recorded in 2009, 52.6 percent resulted in cases with lost work time (days away from work, restriction, or transfer), the 2010 Report on the Oregon Workers’ Compensation System” indicates.

The report, published by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, found that the days away from work, restriction or job transfer (DART) rate was 2.3 for private sector cases in 2009, compared to a rate of 1.9 for state government and 2.8 for local government cases. The overall public sector DART rate was 2.5.

The highest DART rate among industry divisions was 4.8, recorded by transportation and warehousing. Finance and insurance reported the lowest rate of 0.1.

Oregon’s total-cases incidence rate exceeds the national rate by 22.2 percent, and Oregon’s DART rate exceeds the national rate by 27.8 percent. One reason Oregon rates are higher than national rates is a higher proportion of the workforce in hazardous industries, DCBS said. The number of injuries and illnesses reported in a given year can be influenced by many factors, including the level of economic activity, working conditions and work practices, worker experience and training, and the number of hours worked, the Department added.

To view the full report, visit http://www4.cbs.state.or.us/ex/imd/external.

Embezzlement crimes are on the rise according to The Portland Police Bureau.  The bureau has fielded 105 cases of embezzlement so far this year, putting 2011 on track to match the 152 cases reported in 2010.  Embezzlement is not only common, it's preventable and insurable.  Check out this recent Portland Business Journal article.  Call EPB&B to get a quote on crime insurance to protect your business against the risk of loss by embezzlement.

June 26 - July 4 is Eye Safety Awareness Week

90% of occupational eye injuries could have been prevented if the victim was wearing eye protection.  If you workers are reluctant to wear eye protection, ask them what their lives would be like if they lost their vision. 

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