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Pendleton hosts June safety conference

For immediate release
April 22, 2013
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Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer

Blue Mountain conference aims to strengthen workplace safety culture

Salem, OR — Improving safety culture is the focus of the seventh annual Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Pendleton Convention Center in Pendleton. With the theme “Dare to be Aware – Cultivate Safety,” the conference will highlight a variety of workplace safety and health topics.

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages workers and employers to attend this event to help improve safety and health performance. Strengthening the workplace safety culture contributes to reducing injuries and accidents, and decreasing workers’ compensation costs.

Keynote speaker James “Skipper” Kendrick, a certified safety professional with more than 37 years in the field, brings his experience of working in safety and health for Textron Inc., a Fortune 500 multi-industry conglomerate with businesses in 29 countries. Kendrick will present “Safe by Choice.”

“We all make choices in our lives and some of the most critical are those we make in the workplace,” said Kendrick. “Learn why certain choices are made and with that understanding, how we can make better, safer choices.”

Other conference sessions include:

  • Hazard identification
  • Multicultural workforce safety strategies
  • Supervisor responsibilities
  • Fall protection

The event will also include exhibits showcasing the latest in safety and health products and services.

Conference registration is $60, which includes lunch and session handouts . For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section, 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247, then select option one or visit the Conferences webpage at

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


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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to

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