2016

For immediate release
Sept. 7, 2016

Contact information
Aaron Corvin, Public information officer
971-718-6973, aaron.corvin@oregon.gov

Keynote presentation showcases tools for building a culture of safety

Salem - A three-day event in southern Oregon will offer employers and workers a variety of in-depth workshops and presentations on how to deepen their commitment to maintaining safe and healthy workplaces. Attendees will learn everything from building safety into every project and controlling welding hazards to achieving successful hearing conservation and fall protection programs.

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to mark their calendars for the Oct. 11-13 Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites in Ashland.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, David Rabiner, a partner in Portland-based Rabiner Resources – a public speaking, training, facilitating, and coaching firm – will deliver the keynote presentation. Titled “Influence Without Authority: The Key to Safety Leadership,” his presentation will explore important strategies for building a culture of safety. 

“Safety shouldn’t be about just following the rules,” said Rabiner, who has spoken to national and international audiences for more than 22 years. “I’ll be helping the group with the tools they need to go beyond compliance and achieve commitment.”

Rabiner said the conference “is important because sometimes being a safety professional can be a lonely job.” He added, “It gives safety professionals an opportunity to network with others who share the highs and lows. It’s about learning with others who have something very important in common.”

Other conference topics include:

  • Safety committee operations
  • Workplace violence: Who is vulnerable and what can we do about it?
  • Hazard identification
  • Truck fleet safety: What all employers with trucks should know Hand tool safety
  • Recreational marijuana and employer drug screening: What can we do?

The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Oregon OSHA are co-sponsoring the conference. Registration for the conference on Wednesday and Thursday is $160, with optional pre-conference workshops ranging from $75 to $120. For more information or to register, go to http://safetyseries.cvent.com/southern16​.

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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 osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.oregon.gov/dcbs/ or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.