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Northwest safety event offers training to protect workers

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April 10, 2019
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​​​Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer
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Salem, OR — Identify the hurdles to building a culture of workplace safety and how to overcome them. Learn the best ways to engage and involve your employees in on-the-job health and safety. Become versed in the causes and impacts of fatigue at work – and how to prevent it.

Those education and training opportunities – and more – will be available during the 25th annual Northwest Safety & Health Summit, to be held May 14-16 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach in Portland.

The three-day event is produced by the Region X Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association. The nonprofit group pursues safety, health, and environmental excellence through cooperative efforts among labor, management, and government. The event is designed for all industries and worksites, even if they are not part of the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), which encourages companies to protect workers by going well beyond minimum safety requirements.

The event’s keynote speaker, Brad Livingston, will present “Just a Second Ago” on Wednesday, May 15. Livingston overcame a 5 percent chance of surviving injuries he incurred from back-to-back explosions while on the job. The explosions were preventable. The factors that contributed to them were universal: shortcuts, complacency, pride, bad attitudes, and improper perspectives.

On Thursday, May 16, during the event’s general session, Livingston’s daughter, Kayla Rath, will speak to attendees about the ripple effect of her dad nearly losing his life while on the job. Rath was 9 when she was pulled from school and told she might never see her dad again.

The event offers everyone from operations personnel and project managers to safety managers and safety committee members opportunities to receive top-notch workplace safety training and to develop relationships with others in their line of work. It includes a full-day workshop on how to complete a successful VPP application and how to achieve safety excellence at worksites.

Other event topics include:

  • Construction safety
  • Mindfulness applications in the workplace
  • Avoiding aversion: leading a risk competent workforce
  • The unique role of a union safety representative
  • Making safety leadership a practical reality in the workplace
  • Get comfortable: ergonomics for office work and driving

Fees for full-day workshops (Tuesday) range from $100 to $200. Registration for the conference (Wednesday and Thursday) is $275 for VPP members and $325 for nonmembers. The fee for one day (Wednesday or Thursday) is $165.

For more information about the event, or to register, visit the conference page.


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