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Registration is now open

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Teams will compete in the Columbia Forklift Challenge on March 5 at the Occupational Safety and Health Conference. Above right, keynote speaker Jeff “Odie” Espenship will discuss safety and performance during the conference.Registration is now open for the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference March 4-7 at the Oregon Convention Center. The event will feature more than 150 workshops and sessions.

“One of the challenges employers of all types face is how to make safety a true reality in the workplace,” said Michael Wood, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA) administrator. “This event offers tried-and-true guidance for achieving success in your safety and health program, whether you operate a small business or a large manufacturing company.”

Keynote speaker Jeff “Odie” Espenship will discuss “Getting Back to Basics Is Vital to Superior Performance — It’s the Little Things That Matter” on March 5. The author, speaker and former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, 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, by never assuming and by communicating to understanding helps us achieve new heights in life and leadership,” Espenship said.

On March 5, participants will compete in the second annual Columbia Forklift Challenge. Drivers will take on the challenge course and be judged based on skill, time and safety measures. For more information, call 971-673-2875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On March 7, the conference will feature a moderated panel discussion with recipients of the Portland Business Journal Healthiest Employer Award. Top organizations will share insights into what makes their wellness programs effective and offer tips for tackling challenges and other best practices. Ron Goetzel, director of the Emory University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, will also present his research around what makes wellness programs effective.

Other general topics covered at conference include:

  • Safety committee training

  • What to expect from an OSHA inspection

  • Safety leadership and workplace culture

  • Advanced accident investigation

    The conference will also feature session tracks on specialties such as utility work, construction, emergency preparedness and response, agriculture and health care.

    Oregon OSHA is partnering with the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers to sponsor the conference. For more information, including a complete schedule and registration information, visit oregongosh.com.