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Statewide OSHA event coming to Ashland

A three-day event in Ashland will feature a variety of workshops and presentations designed to help employers and workers from throughout the state maintain safe and healthy workplaces. The event's keynote presentation will focus on shaping Oregon into the safest place to work in the United States.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) encourages employers, workers, and safety professionals to mark their calendars for the Oct. 17-19 Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites in Ashland.

The conference will cover everything from effective fall protection and fire safety measures to best practices in identifying hazards and improving ladder safety. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Kerry Barnett, president and CEO of SAIF Corporation, will deliver the keynote presentation. It will center on work to move Oregon toward becoming the safest place to work in the nation.

Most recently, Barnett served as executive vice president for corporate services and chief legal officer for Cambia Health Solutions, where he led strategic direction for public policy and government affairs, strategic communications, human resources, compliance, legal, and ethics.

Other conference topics include: Improving safety culture, safety committee operations, fatigue at work (causes, impacts, and solutions), safety for supervisors, workplace bullying ("The greatest cost to your bottom line"); and pre-task planning (a recipe for success).

The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Oregon OSHA are co-sponsoring the conference. Registration for the conference on Wednesday and Thursday is $175, with optional pre-conference workshops ranging from $50 to $130. For more information or to register, go to http://safetyseries.cvent.com/southern17.

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, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.