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Pulp, paper, and forest products industry safety conference coming to Portland

For immediate release
November 6, 2014
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Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer

Myths and realities of changing workplace focus of keynote

Salem, OR — Employees, managers, and contractors in the Northwest pulp and paper industry are invited to attend a conference Dec. 2-5, 2014, 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.

Keynote speaker Joe Estey, who has worked with more than 110 different companies in industries including government and manufacturing, will present "Myths and Realities of an Ever-Changing Workforce" on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.

"I will explore the specific principles and practices from organizations who have abandoned the traditional 'tried-and-tired' ways of improving safety by creating their own destiny, rather than allowing others to create it for them," said Estey. "Many of these principles and tools start with our view of the six generations working together in today's organizations and understanding the way they generationally manage risk and perform work.

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:

  • Hazard assessment and solutions
  • Lockout/tagout and machine guarding
  • Safety leadership
  • Logging and sawmill safety

The registration fee is $260 to attend all conference sessions. The fee for a single day is $85. For more information or to register, go to the conferences website.


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