With more than 150 workshops and sessions, the Oregon Governor’s Occupational
Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference will be held March 4-7, 2013, at the Oregon Convention
Center in Portland. The event is the largest of its kind in the Northwest.
Keynote speaker Jeff “Odie” Espenship will present “Getting Back to Basics is Vital to Superior
Performance — It’s the Little Things that Matter” on March 5, 2013. An author, renowned
speaker, and former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Espenship will motivate audience members to
rethink and refocus their work behavior.
“By setting high expectations, by speaking up, by listening to what is not being said,
by overcoming complacency (the silent killer), by never assuming, and by communicating
to understanding helps us achieve new heights in life and leadership,” said Espenship.
Other general topics covered at conference include:
- Safety committee training and communication
- What to expect from an OSHA inspection
- Workplace wellness
- Regulatory updates
Conference specialties such as ergonomics, construction, emergency preparedness and response,
industrial hygiene, and utility work are some of the other session tracks.
Registration for the event is slated to open in late-December and organizations can reserve
exhibit space now. Back by popular demand is the Columbia Forklift Challenge, where teams
and individuals will compete for cash prizes based on skill, time, and safety.
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.
About 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.