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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2005
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428


Portland hosts pulp and paper workers safety conference

The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) encourages workers and employers to participate in the 15th annual Western Pulp and Paper Workers Safety and Health Conference, scheduled for the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach in Portland from November 29-December 2.

Among the topics featured at the conference are:

  • Managing Change in Today's Turbulent Environment
  • Workplace Violence Prevention
  • Your Maintenance History Matters!

Leadership consultant and safety professional Bruce Wilkinson will provide the keynote speech on Tuesday, November 29. Wilkinson will demonstrate some unique ways for employees to motivate both themselves and others to work safely and to comply with policies, rules and procedures on a daily basis.

Registration fees for the conference are $185 for the full three-day event. Attend any single day for $75, or attend the Friday general session meeting for $15. An awards dinner on Wednesday November 30 will honor significant contributions to safety and health in the pulp, paper and converting industries. Tickets for the awards dinner are $15 per person.

For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section, (503) 378-3272 or (888) 292-5247 option one, or visit the Conferences Web page at www.orosha.org/conferences.

The conference is a joint effort of the Oregon-Idaho-Utah Pulp and Paper Workers Council of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, Oregon OSHA, the Washington/Alaska Safety Council of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (WISHA Services), Paper / Allied-Industrial / Chemical and Energy Workers International Union (PACE), the Labor Education Research Center (LERC), and the pulp and paper manufacturing industry.

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