The Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference – better known as GOSH – is happening March 6-9 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. With more than 150 workshops and sessions, it is the largest event of its kind in the Northwest and there's still time to register.
The last day for pre-registration by mail is Tuesday, Feb. 28. However, you can register online until 6 p.m. Friday, March 3.
It's possible to register at the conference, too – just keep in mind that some of the more popular workshops may fill up early. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and at 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Keynote speaker Todd Conklin will present "Thinking Differently About Safety" on Tuesday, March 7. Conklin, who has a doctorate in organizational behavior, spent 25 years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a senior advisor for organizational and safety culture.
Conklin's presentation will focus on the human performance theory of safety, where investigations are conducted before accidents happen. "Safety is not the absence of events," he said. "Safety is the presence of defenses." For more information on the conference schedule, events, or to register, go to www.oregongosh.com.