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News Release

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

For immediate release:
September 10, 2012
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
Medford to host workplace safety conference
Southern Oregon event offers tools for ‘gold medal’ safety

(Salem) – Workshops and classes to improve workplace safety and health programs will be offered at the annual Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference. The conference, scheduled for Oct. 17-18, 2012, at the Smullin Center in Medford, will feature more than 20 sessions on topics that range from safety leadership to specialized health care topics.

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. Employee involvement is a major step in reducing injuries and accidents, and decreasing workers’ compensation costs.

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

  • Safety committee leadership and safety culture
  • Pesticide safety
  • Workplace wellness
  • Chemical safety for health care
  • Exhibits showcasing the latest in safety and health products and services

Keynote speaker Fred Drennan is an author and consultant with more than 30 years in industrial safety. Drennan will present “Achieving Zero Harm” on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

“My keynote presentation highlights the safety professional’s role in developing leaders,” said Drennan. “I will offer hands-on practice using skills and systems that supervisors and managers can use immediately to enhance their workplace culture. Through real life examples, I’ll demonstrate how developing supervisor safety leadership skills can transform any organization.”

Drennan is also offering a one-day professional development workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 16, themed “Skills-based safety leadership: Supervisors as leaders – going from good to great.” The workshop focuses on the critical role supervisors play and how they can be motivated to transform an organization. Registration for this workshop is $100.

Registration for the conference is $130. Single-day conference attendance is $90. For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA’s Conference Section, 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247, and select option one, or visit the Conferences webpage at www.orosha.org/conferences.

The conference is a joint effort of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Southern Oregon Chapter 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.