Another successful Safety and Health conference is under our belt. Of course, the sincerest thank-yous to everyone who helped in any and every way. So many of you helped in so many ways. Throughout the conference it was clear to me that our Southern Oregon chapter, OR-OSHA, planning committee, our speakers, room monitors, sponsors, exhibitors, and host organizations made the conference a huge success. There was a moment on Wednesday when Jennifer Self at Ashland Hills asked me about where our attendees come from. As I described our attendees to her, it became more remarkable to me as to how diverse a group we serve at our conference. Our conference can reach employees at every single level within a company. We reach employees with messages relevant to the newest frontline laborer to the most senior executives within a company. This is not usually a simple task. But our community does it regularly and effectively. Over and over.
Take, for example, our lifesaving award event on Tuesday. What can a new employee learn from the lessons learned at Sherm’s Food 4 Less last December? What can a top executive learn from the same event? Safety issues and topics transcend industry categories and work roles. The same principles of leadership, accountability, learning teams, and hazard mitigation approaches apply to any organization. The specifics vary from industry to industry. However, the universal challenge that our conference tackles head-on is the very attitude toward the safety challenges we all face.
As we wrap up another conference cycle, we begin another. This next conference will mark thirty years of safety training excellence for our region. We are already beginning to assemble our conference planning committee for next year. I invite you to join us as we pour it on for the thirtieth time.
To learn more about our conference, visit our website at: www.soassp.org/conference.
David Hanson, CSP, SAIF Corporation
Chapter Vice President and Conference Chair