2016

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For immediate release
May 9, 2016

Contact information
Aaron Corvin, Public information officer
503-947-7428, aaron.co​rvin@oregon.gov

Keynote discussion focuses on creating a culture of safety

Salem - A two-day event in Pendleton will offer employers and workers everything from workshops and training opportunities to a forklift challenge and a keynote presentation on building a robust safety culture ? all with the goal of boosting workplace safety and health.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is one of several partners presenting the June 6-7 Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference at the Pendleton Convention Center.

On Tuesday, June 7, keynote speaker Greg Anderson, a leading expert in providing behavior-based safety and leadership training for companies across the globe, will present “Safety 24/7.” His presentation will show how companies can reduce injury and illness rates by focusing on changing personal and organizational beliefs. Such changes can create significant and positive changes in behaviors.

“I hope people recognize this conference is not just for safety experts,” Anderson said. “The leadership skills necessary to motivate a person to work safely are the same skills people use to achieve operational performance.”

Other conference topics include: 

  • Safety and health hazards of welding 
  • Controlling hazardous energy 
  • Respiratory protection 
  • Machine guarding: rules, standards, and manufacturers 

The event also will include a Forklift Round-Up on June 6, and exhibits showcasing the latest in safety and health products and services. Conference registration is $70, which includes lunch. The cost to compete in the Forklift Round-Up is $50. For more information about the two-day event or to register, go to www.regonline.com/blue_mountain16, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section at 503-947-7411 or 888-292-5247 (toll-free), or send an email to Oregon.conferences@oregon.gov​

The event is a joint effort of the Oregon SHARP Alliance (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program), Oregon OSHA, and a coalition of employers and employees from northeast Oregon.

 

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About Oregon OSHA:

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 or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.