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December 2012

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2013 Oregon GOSH Conference programming announced

With more than 150 workshops and sessions, the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference will be held March 4-7, 2013, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The event is the largest of its kind in the Northwest.

Keynote speaker Jeff "Odie" Espenship will present "Getting Back to Basics is Vital to Superior Performance — It's the Little Things that Matter" on March 5. An author, renowned speaker, and former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Espenship will motivate audience members to rethink and refocus their work behavior.

"By setting high expectations, by speaking up, by listening to what is not being said, by overcoming complacency (the silent killer), by never assuming, and by communicating to understanding helps us achieve new heights in life and leadership," said Espenship.

Other general topics covered at conference include:

  • Safety committee training and communication
  • What to expect from an OSHA inspection
  • Workplace wellness
  • Regulatory updates

Conference specialties such as ergonomics, construction, emergency preparedness and response, industrial hygiene, and utility work are some of the other session tracks.

Registration for the event is slated to open in late December and organizations can reserve exhibit space now. Back by popular demand is the Columbia Forklift Challenge, where teams and individuals will compete for cash prizes based on skill, time, and safety.

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