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Event in Eugene puts spotlight on workplace safety, health

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Feb. 6, 2018
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​​​Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer
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Two-day conference offers opportunities to share best practices and network

Salem, OR — A two-day conference in Eugene will provide a variety of opportunities for employers, supervisors, and workers to revitalize their commitment to on-the-job safety and to develop relationships with other workplace safety and health advocates.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is one of several partners presenting the 18th biennial Cascade Occupational Safety and Health Conference, to be held March 5-6 at the Hilton Eugene, 66 E. 6th Ave. 

On Monday, March 5, keynote speaker Joe Estey will present “Mythical Metrics: Why Zero Gets You Zero.” Estey is principal performance improvement specialist for Lucas Engineering and Management Solutions in Richland, Wash. During his interactive presentation, he will draw out best practices from participants and share his experiences of organizations that have moved beyond measuring safety by numbers to managing the safety process, and sustaining operational excellence.

“Fear of not achieving a zero incident or accident rate compels people, by our very nature, to practice aversion rather than achievement,” Estey said. Instead of taking that approach, he added, “it’s time we embrace and practice a productive safety mindset based upon doing something – safety in action – rather than avoiding something – safety through inaction.”  

Conference attendees can take advantage of workshops focused on topics that include:

  • Basics in starting a safety program
  • General industry walking-working surfaces and fall protection
  • Hearing conservation and noise control
  • Hazard identification for safety committees 
  • Stress management and physical activity
  • Confined space and industrial rescue: How much and how?

The registration fee for both days is $185, or $95 for single-day attendance. For more information or to register, go to


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