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Pulp, paper, and forest products industry safety and health conference coming to Portland with many learning opportunities

For immediate release

Oct. 24, 2022

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​​​Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer
971-718-6973, aaron.corvin@dcbs.​
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Salem, OR — Workers, contractors, and employers in Oregon’s pulp, paper, and forest products industries are invited to attend a Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 conference in Portland that will highlight best on-the-job safety and health practices in their respective fields.

Although the 30th annual Western Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Safety & Health Conference delves into safety and health issues in those industries, the event also offers learning opportunities that apply to many other workplaces. Those sessions include nutrition and wellness in the workplace; tools for conscious leadership; prevention of slip, trip, and fall injuries; and county-level emergency preparedness.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is one of several partners presenting the four-day conference at the Holiday Inn Portland – Columbia Riverfront in Portland.

Joe Estey, senior performance improvement specialist for Lucas Engineering and Management Services in Richland, Wash., will deliver the keynote presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 29. As part of his presentation, “Succeeding in the Face of Uncertainty,” Estey will share principles and practices he has witnessed by working with others who have developed and used tools to manage change rather than letting change manage them.

“One of the greatest lessons many companies and individuals have learned over the past three years is that we need to change before we have to, not because we have to,” Estey said.

The conference will feature exhibits, company safety meetings, roundtable discussions, and numerous workshops.

Sessions include:

  • Why to Err is Human … and What We Can Do About It
  • Tracking Your Way Toward a Stronger Safety Culture
  • Using the Total Worker Health Approach to Address Fatigue at Work
  • Basic Chain Saw Training
  • Hazard Analysis and the Job Hazard Analysis – A Perfect Marriage
  • Energized Equipment Beyond Zero: How to Follow Lockout/Tagout Rules All the Time
  • Common Sawmill Hazards: How They Happen and How to Prevent Their Causes
  • Effective Safety Committee Training
  • Lessons Learned from Cyber Investigations 
  • Safety Incident Investigations: The What, Why, and How

The registration fee is $345 to attend the full conference. The fee for one day – Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday – is $115. It is $40 for Friday. To register, go to

If you have questions or need help registering, call the Oregon OSHA Conference Section, 503-947-7411.


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