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News Release

Oregon OSHA, 350 Winter Street NE Room 430, Salem, Oregon 97301-3878

For immediate release:
May 23, 2012
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
Pendleton to host June safety conference
Blue Mountain conference aims to strengthen workplace safety culture

(Salem) – Strengthening safety culture and preparedness are the focus of the sixth annual Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at the Pendleton Convention Center in Pendleton. With the theme “Preparing for World-Class Safety,” the conference will highlight workplace safety and health topics, including sessions taught in Spanish.

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages workers and employers to attend this event to help improve safety and health performance. Strengthening the workplace safety culture and preparedness are major steps in reducing injuries and accidents, and decreasing workers’ compensation costs.

Keynote speaker C.C. Gibson will present “Keep Kick’n” in which he will share his life-and-death struggle to survive an early-morning sinking of a fishing vessel. The purpose of his talk is to provide attendees the tools they need to survive their next life challenge. Gibson is the police chief of the Contra Costa Community College District in California.

“‘Keep Kick’n’ captures the essence of my story of survival. ‘Keep Kick’n’ is also my mantra for everyday challenges we all face in life,” Gibson said. “I would like the participants to leave with a renewed zest for life. I want them to remember that to survive you must have hope.”

Other conference sessions include:

• Hazard identification

• Emergency preparedness

• Office ergonomics

• Fall protection

The event will also include exhibits showcasing the latest in safety and health products and services.

Registration for the event is $50, which includes lunch and session handouts. For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section, 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247, then option one or visit the Conferences webpage at www.orosha.org/conferences.

The conference is a joint effort of the Oregon SHARP Alliance (Safety and Health Recognition Program), Oregon OSHA, and a coalition of employers and employees from northeast Oregon.

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 www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.