Building Future Hospitality Leaders / Portland Summit / Whiskey Event / Heat Webinar
ProStart Promotional Video – ORLA and the Oregon Hospitality Foundation have a new promotional video for our ProStart program. We have important work ahead in supporting high school teachers who provide culinary arts and management training for high school students around the state. Our annual ProStart Championships and ProStart curriculum built for each school year provide great opportunities for students and educators to connect with industry operators. You can check out the video here which we’ll use to promote the program in the coming years.
Portland Hotel & Restaurant Safety Summit – ORLA in partnership with Downtown Portland Clean & Safe and the City of Portland is pleased to invite our Portland area hotels and restaurants to a “Hotel & Restaurant Safety Summit” Thursday, July 27th from 10 am to noon at The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison Street, Portland, OR, 97204. The goal is to provide our hospitality industry with an overview of current and future public safety plans and strategies from the Portland Police Bureau, the City of Portland, and various private security partners and organizations. Safety for industry staff, patrons, and locations is an ongoing concern and this event will provide networking connections, security-related resources and information to strengthen many existing private-public safety and livability partnerships. To learn more and to RSVP please reach out to Makenzie Marineau on the ORLA staff who oversees Portland government affairs issues for the association.
Whiskey Event Coming to Portland August 26 – ORLA's Swig & Savor, which offers whisk(e)y lovers an opportunity to try a curated list of beverages from distillers around the world, is back for its second year. The annual event will be Saturday, August 26 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. Tickets are now available starting at $149 per person. The highlight of Swig & Savor is the opportunity to sample whisk(e)ys from top producers in the Northwest and beyond. This includes seven distilleries in Oregon and companies from nine other states and three countries. Distilleries will bring current releases as well as special bottles available only to VIPs. You can purchase tickets today at www.swigandsavor.com.
Webinar on OR-OSHA Heat Rules – Over the past few months the Northwest Grocery Association team has been working with OR-OSHA and the Governor’s office in an attempt to get clarity about the ‘bakery’ exemption in the Oregon Heat Rules. As you may recall, this ‘exemption’ was meant to exclude temperatures generated from equipment (bakeries, manufacturing, commercial kitchens) from the Heat Rules (new training, mandatory breaks, water, shade etc). However, recent practices and positions by OR-OSHA have now essentially made this exemption moot. The rules took effect last June 15, 2022 and kick in when outside air temperatures reach 80 degrees.
In an effort to provide employers greater information and training, OR-OSHA has agreed to staff a webinar on the Heat Rules specific to “Hot Process.” They have also updated the FAQ and Fact Sheet. All employers are welcome to join this webinar, especially HR and Facilities Teams; get the link here.
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