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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
December 11, 2006
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

GOSH Conference 2007 now three months away

Employers in Oregon and southwest Washington interested in creating and maintaining safer workplaces will get that opportunity at the 2007 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) conference scheduled March 12-15, 2007 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

“Safety and Health Leadership: Moving Forward” is the theme for the 2007 event. More than 30 full-day workshops and 80 single-topic classes are scheduled during the four-day conference to educate managers and workers about workplace safety and health issues. The conference marks the 30th Oregon Governor's conference since the event's inception in 1944. Leadership Consultant Robert Pater will open the conference as the keynote speaker.

Several innovative programs are scheduled for the 2007 GOSH conference:

Advanced construction safety
A program track designed to meet the needs of construction safety professionals is scheduled for each day of the conference. Among topics covered include managing crane safety programs on work sites, safety for the general public around construction sites, accident investigation, and legal or contractual insurance concerns.

Focus on small-business safety
The 2007 conference is expanding its focus on small businesses, which account for more than 80 percent of employment in Oregon. A free session of Oregon OSHA's popular Safety for Small Business workshop will be offered during the GOSH Conference, providing small-business employers a chance to benefit - at no charge - from demonstrations of safety equipment and products in the conference's exhibit hall that day.

Preventing equipment theft
Several law enforcement and crime prevention agencies are partnering to present a full-day workshop on Heavy Equipment Theft during the final day of GOSH, March 15. Sponsoring agencies include the Federal Bureau of Investigation/Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Construction Industry Crime Prevention Program, and the National Equipment Registry. The summit is designed for equipment managers, construction project managers, local law enforcement, and the insurance industry.

Advancing the safety and health profession
Safety and health professionals working toward certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) can benefit from advanced coursework offered in a special CSP/CIH preparation workshop track. Professionals with active CSP/CIH certifications can also fulfill continuing education requirements by attending workshops.

Registration for the conference is scheduled to begin in January 2007. Registration fees for the conference are $275 for the full four-day event; you can attend any single day for $120 (first or final day) or pay $95 each day for Tuesday and Wednesday sessions.

The conference is presented in odd-numbered years as a partnership between the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers, Columbia-Willamette Chapter. For more information about the conference, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section, (503) 378-3272 or (888) 292-5247, or visit the Conferences Web page at www.orosha.org/conferences.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer & Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.