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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
August 31, 2004
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference

The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) invites Southern Oregon employers ready to improve their workplace safety and health programs to attend the Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference, October 20-22 at the Smullin Center, 2825 East Barnett Road in Medford.

The conference will provide training on current workplace issues, and how to integrate safety-and-health management into your company's business strategy. People responsible for prevention of injuries and illnesses in the workplace, including safety and health professionals, safety committee members, business owners, managers, supervisors or employees, will benefit from the conference workshops.

Conference topics include:

  • Implementing an Employee Wellness Program on a Zero Budget
  • Fall Protection
  • Issues of the Aging Workforce
  • Improving Safety Committee Effectiveness

A new workshop offered this year focuses on providing safety training to non-English speaking workers, utilizing elements of Oregon OSHA's successful PESO bilingual training program. Leadership consultant Dan Miller will present two organizational development workshops on Friday October 22 to close out the conference.

Wednesday's keynote address is by Robert Sweetgall, author of 17 books on wellness and walking, and the only person to have walked through all 50 U.S. states in 365 consecutive days. To inspire conference attendees to focus on wellness, an 'early-bird sunrise stride' fitness walk with Robert Sweetgall around the Rogue Valley Medical Center is scheduled for both days of the conference.

Registration fees for the conference are $120 to attend the Wednesday and Thursday sessions. Attend any single day for $80 or a half-day session for $50. Dan Miller's leadership workshops on Friday are $40 for either the morning or afternoon session, or attend the full day with lunch included for $75. All registration fees include lunch for the day in attendance. More than 20 exhibitors will offer demonstrations and introduce their products or services.

Registration materials and workshop descriptions for the conference are available on the Oregon OSHA Web site at www.orosha.org/conferences. You may call the Oregon OSHA conferences section at (503) 378-3272 to get additional information.

The conference is a partnership between the DCBS Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers, Southern Oregon Chapter.