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Workplace safety and health learning opportunities coming to southern Oregon in October

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Aug. 22, 2023

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​​​Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer
971-718-6973, aaron.corvin@dcbs.​
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Salem — A three-day event in southern Oregon will feature a variety of workshops and presentations designed to help employers and workers improve on-the-job safety and health. Topics include hazard identification, fall protection, safety committees, excavation safety, and safe-driving habits.

In addition to addressing many standard safety and health topics, the Southern Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Conference – to be held Oct. 17-19 at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites in Ashland – offers professional development workshops, certification for traffic control flaggers in work zones, and first aid and other emergency training. The conference also features special sessions for professionals in the construction, health care, and human resources industries.

The conference is a joint effort of the Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals and Oregon OSHA.

The three-day event will feature keynote speaker Bob Edwards, founder of The HOP Coach, a company in Tennessee that provides training and services in human and organizational performance. Edwards holds degrees in mechanical engineering and advanced safety engineering management. He is the author of the book “Bob's Guide to Operational Learning."

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Edwards' keynote presentation, “How to Think Like a Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) Coach," will show how, through collaboration and mutual respect, organizations can increase their reliability and resiliency.

Meanwhile, Libby Gill, CEO of Medford-based Gill & Company Coaching and Consulting, will offer a special session on Thursday, Oct. 19, about leadership. A former head of communications at Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting, Gill will show attendees how to elevate their leadership, careers, and businesses.

Other conference topics include:

  • Is That Confined Space Permit Required? Yes or No?
  • Ladder Safety for Construction and General Industry
  • Root Cause Analysis: A Closer Look
  • Control of Hazardous Energy
  • Does Oregon OSHA Provide Free Consultation? Yes!
  • Health Hazards in Construction 

Conference registration fees include early bird pricing and discounts, as well as different pricing for workshops and conference days. More information, conference options, programs, and registration are all available online. Register now. For more information about upcoming workplace safety and health conferences visit Oregon OSHA online.


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