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Portland Teams Up With ASSE Oregon Members to Prevent Work Injuries, Illnesses

Posted in on Wed, Feb 16, 2011

PORTLAND, OR (February 16, 2011) – As North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week approaches,  American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members and safety professionals around the world are actively seeking support for the event in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of safety on the job.  ASSE members are pleased that Portland Mayor Sam Adams recently signed a proclamation from the “City of Roses” proclaiming May 1-7, 2011, North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 4, 2011, to be Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day in Portland, and “to encourage all residents to observe this week and day”.

“Being safe at work is important for everyone – for the worker, the employer, families and friends. We are pleased that Mayor Adams and the residents of Portland support workplace safety efforts for all,” ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter NAOSH Chair David Parsons said today. “As a safety professional I work day and night to make sure that all workers leave their job injury and illness free to return home safely to their families. We are pleased to see Oregonians are aware of the importance of developing and implementing effective workplace safety and health programs – whether in the office, on the road, the farm, at school – for all workers.”

From planning safety activities, to recruiting participants, planning for NAOSH week is in full swing.  Parsons has helped support NAOSH week through garnering one of this year’s first proclamations from Mayor Adams, leading the way in his state and countrywide for raising awareness about safety on the job. In the past, Parsons has also distributed more than 15,000 NAOSH posters to Oregon businesses, garnered a NAOSH proclamation from U.S. President George W. Bush and personally donates his skills and expertise to small businesses and schools throughout the year in an effort to share his knowledge so that even more people stay safe.  

This year, ASSE’s 100th anniversary, will also be a special year for NAOSH week as ASSE also celebrates a century of safety.  During NAOSH week and OSHP day, ASSE members will hold events throughout North America and around the world, including kick-off events on May 1 and 2, in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Gallery of Art.  ASSE and its partners, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) work together with more than 60 partner organizations to spread the word about safety on the job. 

More than 4,000 people died on the job in 2009 in the U.S. – about 12 people a day — and millions more suffered injuries and illnesses.  The work of a safety professional is constantly changing and adapting to the ever-changing work environment. Changes in new technology and the way businesses work provide new challenges each day for safety professionals as they work diligently to protect the lives of all employees. 

For a free copy of the NAOSH 2011 poster to post at your work place please contact For more information, fact sheets, tools to use please go to

Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, healthcare and education.  Go to for more information and to view the new ASSE ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ film go to and to for the closed caption version and to the local chapter web site at


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