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Oregon OSHA, 350 Winter Street NE Room 430, Salem, Oregon 97301-3878

For immediate release:
Dec. 6, 2011
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Construction safety summit coming to Bend
2012 conference theme is ‘Bridging the Safety Gap’

(Salem) – Workers and employers in Oregon’s construction industry are invited to attend a full-day conference on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, designed to highlight safe work practices and provide code-related updates.

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is one of several partners presenting the Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit at the Riverhouse Resort and Convention Center in Bend.

“This conference will offer employers new tools to enhance or grow their safety program,” said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. “In these days of tight budgets, it remains as important as ever to invest in safety, given the real risks and cost of workplace injuries.”

The conference, designed for residential and commercial construction workers, is themed “Bridging the Safety Gap.” Continuing education credits are pre-approved for the Construction Contractors Board, Building Codes Division (plumbers and electricians), and Landscape Contractors Board. Conference attendees can also choose from 14 different classes, such as fall protection and multi-employer worksite safety. Other conference topics include:

  • Electrical safe work practices/NFPA 70E
  • Work zone safety – flagging course
  • Crane rule updates
  • Welding and compressed gas safety
  • Ergonomics

The registration fee is $50, or $60 after Jan. 19, 2012. For the flagging certification, there is a $15 fee. For more information or to register, go to www.orosha.org/conferences.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and 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, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.