Honor workplace safety and health excellence.

Nominations are being accepted for the Oregon GOSH Awards, which will honor organizations and individuals who make extraordinary contributions to workplace safety and health. Past winners include Kraft Foods, Reese Electric, Snyder Roofing, Union Pacific Railroad/Hinkle Locomotive, Dallas Retirement Village, and Comcast.

Another past winner, Duckwall-Pooley Fruit Company in Odell, experienced a boost in company morale after taking home an award in 2011.

“It really validated the effort of employees who keep Duckwall-Pooley a safe place to work,” said Kathy Nishimoto, vice president of the fruit packing company. “The recognition allowed employees to see safety as a core value. They are proud and we still have the award banner up. It’s a great reminder for our suppliers and visitors.”

The awards will be presented March 6, 2013, as part of the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, scheduled for March 4-7. The conference, the largest of its kind in the Northwest, will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. With the theme “Safety: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint,” the conference will feature more than 150 workshops and sessions.

Nominees will compete with like-sized organizations in the following categories:

  • Employer safety program
  • Association
  • Safety committee
  • Safety and health advocate (individual or team)
  • Labor representative
  • Safety and health professional (industry specific)

Applications are available at www.oregongosh.com/awards and are due Sept. 28, 2012.

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.

For questions about the awards, contact the conference section at 503-378-3272 or e-mail Oregon.GOSH@state.or.us. For information about the conference, go to www.oregongosh.com.

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