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News Release

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

For immediate release:
October 24, 2012
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
Pulp and paper industry safety conference coming to Portland
Accident impact focus of keynote

(Salem) – Workers, contractors, and employers in Oregon’s pulp and paper industry are invited to attend a conference Nov. 27-30, 2012, that is designed to showcase workplace safety and health ideas.

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, Tony Crow, will present “ It’s Not Just About Me ” on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Crow worked for Texas Utilities for more than 25 years and became blinded after a hunting accident in 2003. Using humor and real-life experiences, he will talk about his safety work habits and how accidents do not just impact the person injured, but everyone in that person’s circle of influence.

“I will share some special insights on life and why safety must be a critical piece of everything you do on and off the job,” said Crow.

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:

  • Safety communications
  • Combustible dust
  • Hazardous energy control
  • Employee involvement roundtable discussions

The registration fee is $240 to attend all conference sessions. The fee for a single day is $80. For more information or to register, go to www.orosha.org/conferences .

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.