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

For immediate release:
October 20, 2011
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
Pulp and paper industry safety conference planned
Safety’s financial impact focus of keynote

(Salem) – Workers, contractors, and employers in Oregon’s pulp and paper industry are invited to attend a conference designed to showcase workplace safety and health ideas from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2011.

The Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is one of several partners presenting the Western Pulp and Paper Workers Safety and Health Conference at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion Hotel in Portland.

The conference’s keynote speaker, Dr. Isabel Perry, will present “Safety ROI: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility” on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Perry’s program will focus on the financial impact of safety both professionally and personally.

“Often, organizations will focus on the compliance side or the social responsibility attached to safety,” Perry said. “Often overlooked is the fiscal impact that motivates employers. We need to talk their language.”

Twenty-eight workshops and several roundtable discussions are also scheduled during the four days. Training on workplace issues that affect pulp, paper, and converting employers and contractors are part of the program. Other workshops include:

  • Accident investigation
  • Safety committee effectiveness
  • Mobile equipment safety
  • Employee involvement roundtable discussions

The registration fee is $235 to attend all conference sessions. The fee for a single day is $80 (the Friday, Dec. 2, session is $30). For more information or to register, go to www.regonline.com/pulp_paper11.

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.