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

For immediate release:
March 13, 2014
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
Blue Mountain safety conference coming to Pendleton
Keynote speaker shares story of workplace accident

(Salem) ? Employers and workers are encouraged to "Zero in on Safety" at the annual Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Pendleton. The event is scheduled for June 3, 2014, at the Pendleton Convention Center and will highlight a variety of safety and health topics.

Oregon?s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employees and employers to attend this event to help improve safety and health performance. Strengthening the workplace safety culture contributes to reducing injuries and accidents, and decreasing workers? compensation costs.

Keynote speaker Kina Repp lost her arm on her first day on the job at a food processing plant. Through poignancy and humor, Repp uses her experience to raise awareness about job hazards and the importance of making safe choices. Her presentation will focus on the role individuals play in being advocates for safety in the workplace.

"While workplace safety measures and rules proposed by an employer are tremendously important, employees need to understand they have a personal, significant responsibility for their own safety as well," said Repp. "Employees are their own line of defense and the consequences of decisions in the workplace will affect their co-workers, their families, and friends."

Other conference topics include:
? Confined space
? Electrical safety
? Safety leadership
? Accident investigation

The event will also include exhibits showcasing the latest in safety and health products and services.

Conference registration is $60, which includes lunch and session handouts. For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section, 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247, then select option one or visit the Conferences webpage at www.orosha.org/conferences.

The conference is a joint effort of the Oregon SHARP Alliance (Safety and Health Recognition Program), Oregon OSHA, and a coalition of employers and employees from northeast Oregon.

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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