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News Release

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

For immediate release:
June 21, 2012
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
2013 Oregon GOSH Conference coming to Portland
Conference features 150 safety and health workshops

(Salem) – Mark your calendar for the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, to be held March 4-7, 2013, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The largest conference of its kind in the Northwest, themed “Safety: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint,” will feature more than 150 workshops and sessions.

“This event allows workers and managers to learn about safety from every angle – with training in specific industries and key basics,” said Sharell Lien, coordinator of the GOSH Conference. “It’s a great place to get tips for elevating your workplace safety culture and spend time networking with others.”

Nominations for the 2013 GOSH Awards are now being accepted in categories for organizations and individuals who make extraordinary contributions to workplace safety and health. Applications are available at www.oregongosh.com/awards and must be received by Sept. 28, 2012.

Registration for the event is expected to open in late 2012, with exhibit space assignments beginning in September 2012. Conference attendance is $110 per day, any day. Back by popular demand is a skills demonstration in the Columbia Forklift Challenge and a stand-up reach truck course.

General conference topics include:

  • Safety committee training
  • Improving workplace safety culture
  • Fall protection, confined space, electrical safety
  • Regulatory updates

Conference specialties such as manufacturing, health care, ergonomics, construction, emergency preparedness and response, industrial hygiene, and workplace wellness are some of the other session tracks.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is partnering with the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers to sponsor the conference.

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.