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News Release

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

For immediate release:
March 20, 2012
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
Boise event to bring regional safety leaders together
Region X VPPPA Conference to highlight leadership, safety fundamentals

(Salem) – Innovative workplace safety and health information and industry best practices will be showcased at the Region X VPPPA Conference, scheduled for May 15-17, 2012, at the Boise Centre and The Grove Hotel in Boise, Idaho.

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) is the leading organization dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health, and environmental management systems through partnerships with employees, management, and government. The VPPPA is a member-based association, providing a network of more than 1,900 companies and work sites that are involved in or are in the process of applying to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) or the Department of Energy's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), and government agencies that are developing or implementing cooperative recognition programs.

Keynote speaker Jeff "Odie" Espenship will present "Getting Back to Basics is Vital to Superior Performance — It's the Little Things that Matter" on Wednesday, May 16. The former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, author, and renowned speaker will motivate audience members to rethink and refocus their work behavior.

"We work in a high risk and often dangerous work environment," he said. "It's not the big items that cause accidents, fatalities, or airplanes to crash; it's the little things – a short cut, complacency (the silent killer), assuming, or poor hazard recognition."

Espenship also asks in his presentation, "Why do smart well trained, skilled people sometimes do something dumb, dangerous, or different?" Emotions, pressure to perform, overconfidence, and good intentions are powerful drivers of human behaviors. "When an accident happens, how things turn out is all a matter of physics and luck, and that is a gamble that no one can afford to take."

Session tracks featured at this year's conference include:

  • VPP basics – fundamentals, application process
  • Technical – arc flash, fall protection, OSHA standards
  • Building dynamic safety teams – accountability, leadership

Registration for the event is $250, with price breaks for VPP membership and one-day attendance. For more information about the conference or to register, visit the Conferences website at www.orosha.org/conferences or www.RegionXVPPPA.org.

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.