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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
October 26, 2004
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

Pulp and paper workers safety conference in Portland

The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) encourages workers and employers to participate in the 14th annual Western Pulp and Paper Workers Safety and Health Conference, scheduled for Portland's Doubletree Jantzen Beach Hotel from November 30-December 3.


Among the topics featured at the conference are:
· Confined Space Rescues
· Workplace Violence Prevention
· Proven Strategies for Safety Committee Effectiveness


Canadian safety professional and firefighter/paramedic Martin Lesperance will provide the keynote speech on Tuesday, November 30. Lesperance is the author of four books dedicated to injury prevention and living safety-focused lifestyles, and provides safety training to corporations throughout North America.


Registration fees for the conference are $150 for the full three-day event. Attend any single day for $95. An awards dinner on Wednesday December 1 will honor significant contributions to safety and health in the pulp, paper and converting industries. Tickets for the awards dinner are $15 per person.


For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section, (503) 378-3272 or (888) 292-5247 option one, or visit the Conferences Web page at www.orosha.org/conferences.


The conference is a partnership between Oregon OSHA, the Oregon-Idaho-Utah Pulp and Paper Workers Council of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Paper / Allied-Industrial / Chemical and Energy Workers International Union (PACE), the Labor Education Research Center (LERC), the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET) at OHSU, Washington/Alaska Safety Council of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.


Oregon OSHA is committed to partnering with employers and workers to keep Oregon's injury rates low, and workers' compensation costs under control. One of the best things an employer can do to prevent injuries is to properly train employees. Oregon OSHA offers free training, free safety and health consultations, and education and training materials from the OR-OSHA Resource Center. Keep your employees and workplaces safe through a commitment to training, education and elimination of hazards.


As Oregon's economy improves, safe jobs are smart business. More information and resources are available on Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org