Workplace safety 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 sponsored by Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) will be  Oct. 17-19  at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites in Ashland.

Topics in the Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference will include effective fall protection, fire safety measures, identifying hazards and improving ladder safety. On Oct. 18, Kerry Barnett, president and CEO of SAIF Corporation, will deliver the keynote presentation, focusing on Oregon's efforts to become the safest place to work in the nation.

Barnett previously 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 and pre-task planning.

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

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules. For more information, visit

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