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News Release

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

For immediate release:
August 8, 2012
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer

Redmond to host workplace safety and health conference

Central Oregon event spotlights change

(Salem) – Redmond will host the annual Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference on Sept. 19-20, 2012, with the theme “ Spotlight on change in safety and health.” The conference is being held at the Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond.

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 the event to help improve safety and health performance. Transforming the workplace can help organizations reduce injuries and accidents, and decrease workers’ compensation costs.

Some of the topics featured at this year’s conference include:

  • Effective hazard identification
  • Wellness at work
  • Driving safety
  • Safety committee tips and tools
  • Growing a strong safety culture
  • Chemical safety and global harmonization

Keynote speaker Jake French is the 26-year-old author of “Life Happens. Live It!” A tragic accident left him a quadriplegic three years ago. French will present “Don’t Wait Until You’re Broken to Fix It,” which will encourage attendees to shift their perspective and focus.

“I want each audience member to learn what it takes to create clear and compelling communication, so they can act as an ambassador of understanding when they return to their office,” said French. “We will turn one of the biggest stumbling blocks into strength, because I believe clarity is a critical aspect of safety.”

Registration for the event is $125, with optional pre-conference workshops for $40. For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA’s Conference Section, 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247 (toll-free), then option one or visit the Conferences webpage at www.orosha.org/conferences.

The conference is a joint effort of the Central Oregon Safety and Health Association and Oregon OSHA.

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.