Salem, OR (WorkersCompensation.com) - A two-day conference in Eugene will provide a variety of opportunities for employers, supervisors, and workers to revitalize their commitment to on-the-job safety and to develop relationships with other workplace safety and health advocates.
The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is one of several partners presenting the 18th biennial Cascade Occupational Safety and Health Conference, to be held March 5-6 at the Hilton Eugene, 66 E. 6th Ave.
On Monday, March 5, keynote speaker Joe Estey will present “Mythical Metrics: Why Zero Gets You Zero.” Estey is principal performance improvement specialist for Lucas Engineering and Management Solutions in Richland, Wash. During his interactive presentation, he will draw out best practices from participants and share his experiences of organizations that have moved beyond measuring safety by numbers to managing the safety process, and sustaining operational excellence.
“Fear of not achieving a zero incident or accident rate compels people, by our very nature, to practice aversion rather than achievement,” Estey said. Instead of taking that approach, he added, “it's time we embrace and practice a productive safety mindset based upon doing something – safety in action – rather than avoiding something – safety through inaction.”
Conference attendees can take advantage of workshops focused on topics that include:
Basics in starting a safety program
General industry walking-working surfaces and fall protection
Hearing conservation and noise control
Hazard identification for safety committees
Stress management and physical activity
Confined space and industrial rescue: How much and how?