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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
October 5, 2004
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

2005 GOSH Conference aims to improve workplace safety

Planning is underway for the 2005 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, February 28 to March 3 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The 2005 theme of the biennial event is "Safety and Health Expedition: Advancing Industry Knowledge and Practices."


Providing innovative safety-and-health training at a reasonable cost is a hallmark of the biennial conference, organized as a partnership between Oregon OSHA and the American Society of Safety Engineers Columbia-Willamette Chapter.


"During the past decade, I've attended several national safety conferences," says Kimberly Gamble, Safety Director for Andersen Construction and 2005 GOSH conference chair. "The GOSH Conference has been as good, or better, in technical content but for half the cost."


The 2005 GOSH Conference will feature topics such as addressing the safety needs of an aging workforce, designing buildings with ergonomics in mind, and preventing workplace violence. Other workshops will focus on how to train people responsible for safety training and preventing sprains or strains in construction work. More than 30 full day workshops and 80 single-topic classes will take place during the four-day conference. An awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 2nd will honor outstanding achievements in workplace safety and health.


Jack McGowan, executive director of SOLV, is scheduled to be keynote speaker. SOLV is a nonprofit organization that brings together government agencies, businesses, and individual volunteers in programs and projects to enhance the livability of Oregon. Governor Tom McCall and other community leaders established SOLV in 1969, recognizing the need for community action to address growing problems in the ever-growing state of Oregon.


The first Governor's Conference was held in 1944 and since then, the GOSH Conference (now held every two years) has become known as an innovative forum to help employers and workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington create safer places to work.


For additional information about the 2005 GOSH Conference, go to the Oregon OSHA Web site, www.orosha.org/conferences, or contact the Conferences Section of Oregon OSHA, (503) 378-3272, or toll-free (888) 292-5247, option one.


Oregon OSHA is committed to partnering with employers and workers to keep Oregon's injury rates low, and workers' compensation costs under control. One of the best things an employer can do to prevent injuries is to properly train employees. Oregon OSHA offers free training, free safety and health consultations, and education and training materials from the OR-OSHA Resource Center. Keep your employees and workplaces safe through a commitment to training, education and elimination of hazards.


As Oregon's economy improves, safe jobs are smart business. More information and resources are available on Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org