2017

For immediate release
Nov. 3, 2017

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

Keynote speaker to emphasize organizational safety culture

Salem - Workers, contractors, and employers in Oregon’s pulp, paper, and forest products industries are invited to attend a Nov. 28-Dec. 1 conference designed to highlight innovative workplace safety and health ideas. Topics covered will include everything from scaffold safety and personal and worksite disaster preparedness to managing driver behavior and creating and maintaining safe operating procedures.

The Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is one of several partners presenting the 27th annual Western Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Safety & Health Conference at the Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach in Portland.

The conference’s keynote speaker, Bruce Wilkinson, will present “Implementing an Organizational Culture of World Class Value – Safety and Personal Responsibility” on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Wilkinson is CEO and chief culture officer of Workplace Consultants Inc. and Wilkinson Seminars and Presentations. As one of fewer than 800 people worldwide who have earned the prestigious certified speaking professional designation, Wilkinson has presented keynotes and training programs for numerous industries across the United States.

During his keynote, Wilkinson will show why organizational safety culture is more effective when there is a common set of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that inspire people to want to encourage others to do the right thing.

The four-day conference also will feature exhibits, company safety meetings, roundtable discussions, and workshops. Sessions include:

  • Nutrition in the workplace
  • Developing and implementing a quality industrial hygiene program
  • Lockout/tagout and machine safeguarding
  • General industry walking-working surfaces and fall protection
  • Chain saw safety/basic tree felling
  • Asleep at the switch: Best practices in fatigue management

The registration fee is $285 to attend the full conference. The fee for one day – Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday – is $95. It is $40 for Friday. To register, go to safetyseries.cvent.com/wppfp17. If you have questions or need help registering, call the Oregon OSHA Conference Section, 503-947-7411.

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