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News Release

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

For immediate release:
October 29, 2013
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
Pulp, paper, and forest products industry safety conference coming to Portland
Event highlights employee involvement, safety culture

(Salem) ? Employees, managers, and contractors in the Northwest pulp and paper industry are invited to attend a conference Dec. 3-6, 2013, that is designed to highlight the latest workplace safety and health best practices.

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

?This year, we?ve added safety topics to include the forest products industry,? said Sharell Lien, coordinator of the conference. ?Machinery found in both pulp and paper facilities and saw mills will allow workers in each industry to directly apply what they learn.?

The conference keynote speaker is Georgia Pacific CEO and President Jim Hannan, who will present ?Making Safety a Value? on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Hannan will share details of the company?s ongoing safety journey and touch on the importance of Georgia Pacific?s culture and employee training.

Twenty-eight workshops and several roundtable discussions are scheduled during the four-day conference. Training on workplace issues that affect pulp, paper, and forest product workers are part of the program. Workshops include:

  • Combustible dust
  • Near-miss best practices
  • Lockout/tagout and machine guarding
  • Employee involvement roundtable

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.

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