Collaborating in Medford

The Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference was once a well kept secret. In recent years, including this week’s event with 318 registered attendees, it has proved itself to provide a wealth of top notch technical sessions and networking opportunities for health, safety, wellness and environmental professionals.

And – although not expecting it – it seems that references to Total Worker Health are popping up everywhere. Today it was in the keynote, provided by Fred Drennan of Team Safety, Inc.,  on Achieving Zero Harm. In the exhibit hall, Wellness at Work was presented by Jackson County Health and Human Services. Tomorrow the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center will collaborate with Oregon’s SHARP Employers to discuss wellness strategies and programs. The conversation seems to be maturing from “why integrate safety and wellness” to “how can we better do it?”

Above all it is clear that collaboration is the word of the week here in Medford. Thanks to ASSE’s  Southern Oregon Chapter, Oregon OSHA, and other conference sponsors for doing such a great job pulling together this event, engaging people, and sharing top technical sessions. And if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by on Thursday to catch up!

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Dede supports the Oregon Institute for Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) and the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center's research, engagement and education programs. She is a certified industrial hygienist.

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