Workplace safety, health conference coming to southern Oregon

Workplace safety, health conference coming to southern Oregon

The Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference will be held at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites in Ashland from Oct. 11-13.

The three-day event in southern Oregon will offer employers and workers a variety of in-depth workshops and presentations on how to deepen their commitment to maintaining safe and healthy workplaces.

Attendees will get an opportunity to learn more about building safety into every project, how to control welding hazards, achieving successful hearing conservation and fall protection programs.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, David Rabiner, a partner in Portland-based Rabiner Resources – a public speaking, training, facilitating, and coaching firm – will deliver the keynote presentation. Titled “Influence Without Authority: The Key to Safety Leadership,” his presentation will explore important strategies for building a culture of safety.

“Safety shouldn’t be about just following the rules,” said Rabiner, who has spoken to national and international audiences for more than 22 years. “I’ll be helping the group with the tools they need to go beyond compliance and achieve commitment.”

“The conference is important because sometimes being a safety professional can be a lonely job.” He added, “It gives safety professionals an opportunity to network with others who share the highs and lows. It’s about learning with others who have something very important in common,” Rabiner said,
Other conference topics include:
• Safety committee operations
• Workplace violence: Who is vulnerable and what can we do about it?
• Hazard identification
• Truck fleet safety: What all employers with trucks should know about Hand tool safety
• Recreational marijuana and employer drug screening: What can we do?

Oregon OSHA and the Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers are sponsoring the conference. Registration details are available here: