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

For immediate release:
Sept. 17, 2013
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
503-947-7428
melanie.l.mesaros@state.or.us
 
Medford to host workplace safety conference
Event focused on 'A Pathway to Zero Harm'

(Salem) - Employees, managers, and company owners are invited to attend the annual Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference Oct. 16-17, 2013, at the Medford School District Education Center. The event will feature more than 20 sessions on topics that range from safety leadership to workplace violence prevention.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages workers and employers to attend this event to help improve safety and health performance. Employee involvement is a major step in reducing injuries and accidents, and decreasing workers' compensation costs.

Some of the sessions featured at this year's conference include:

  • Successful safety committee operations
  • Pesticide safety
  • Workplace stress and fatigue management
  • Accident investigation
  • Exhibits showcasing the latest in safety and health products and services

Keynote speaker Billy Robbins will present "Hooked on Safety," a behavioral-based, fast-paced program infused with humor on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Robbins has previously worked with the Department of Defense and companies such as Kraft, General Motors, and ExxonMobil.

"I talk to so many whose goal of an accident-free workplace has become nothing more than just another company slogan, a small part of a long-forgotten mission statement, or one of those core values we 'talk' about all the time," Robbins said. "It's not something that can become real, vibrant, or even life changing. My presentation will help remind company owners, leaders, and hardworking employees how important they are and what kind of difference they can make."

Registration for the conference is $130. Single-day conference attendance is $90. For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section, 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247, and select option one, or visit the Conferences webpage at www.orosha.org/conferences.

Robin Rose will also host a one-day professional development workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 15, with two sessions: "Working with Difficult People or Challenging Behaviors" and "Reducing Stress and Preventing Burnout." Registration for this workshop is $100.

The conference is a joint effort of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Southern Oregon Chapter and Oregon OSHA.

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.

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