Friday, February 25, 2011

2011 Oregon GOSH Conference coming to Portland

Registration is open for largest safety and health event in Northwest

With more than 140 workshops and sessions, registration is now open for the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference. The largest event of its kind in the Northwest, the conference will be held March 7-10, 2011 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

ESC will be hosting booth #125 on March 8-9 in the Exhibitors Hall. Stop by our booth and tell Eric or Tom you read our blog to receive an extra gift.

On Thursday, March 10 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., ESC's very own Director of Training Eric Tofte will participate in a panel presentation on OSHA 10 hour - General Industry.

On Wednesday, March 9, the event features a moderated panel discussion with Northwest business leaders who will share their perspectives on the importance of safety and health within their organizations.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear from small business leaders on how to achieve management commitment and employee participation in safety and health,” said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. “I believe their tools for success could apply to any organization.”

Other general topics covered at conference include:
  • Safety committee training
  • What to expect from an OSHA inspection
  • Hazard communication
  • Advanced accident investigation

The conference also will feature session tracks on specialties such as health care, ergonomics, construction, emergency preparedness and response, alternative energy, safety for school districts, workplace culture and wellness.

New to the conference this year is the Columbia Forklift Challenge. Trained forklift drivers will compete for cash in an obstacle course designed to test their skills and safe operation on Tuesday, March 8.

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.

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