In the meantime, stating the obvious, we have all had to make adjustments, but most seem to be doing well with the situation. We did our first Webex for a chapter training meeting. Lenny Reierson, OR-OSHA, presented on the Top 18 OSHA Violations. It was very informative, and you could still tell, even through a Webex meeting, that Lenny has a heart for the safety of all workers. He is an outstanding safety consultant, and he was willing to give this Webex process a try to share his message. We had a few technical difficulties, but Mike Hill, who was hosting the event, was prepared for these “hiccups,” and the meeting went off without a hitch as we say in Eagle Point. Thanks to everyone involved in the Webex, we had a very productive meeting. We will be doing a similar event in June.
As you may have heard, Safety 2020 in Orlando has been changed to a virtual 3-day conference. We will now see how attendance at a 3-day virtual event plays out next month. This is a monumental task, but the ASSP is up to it. Numerous training opportunities are now coming available on-line in a virtual setting. As a result, we are seeing some positive responses to the changing work atmosphere.
We have canceled the Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference this year as the planning and execution would not line up due to the restrictions in place and the unknown conditions for the remainder of this year for such events. We will be looking at doing a Safety Committee Academy in the future where we will put on classes for Safety Committee Operations, Hazard Identification, and Accident Investigations.
As noted, there have been a lot of changes in our daily lives and the way we operate, but like a strong America has always done, we are finding our way through this and turning challenging situations into positive outcomes. This is what safety professionals do!
Stay safe and healthy.
President, ASSP – Southern Oregon Chapter
With over 20 years in occupational safety and health, Chris Lawrence is a retired US Air Force Safety Professional who is the Regional Safety Manager for Boise Cascade.