EORM Experts Featured at 2015 GOSH Conference

GOSHlogo 2015Presentation Topics Include Construction Ergonomics, Growing a Safety Culture, Pre-Task Planning, Generational Workforce Differences, Integrating Environmental and Safety Management Systems

March 5, 2015

Hillsboro, Oregon – This year's Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, to be held March 9-12, 2015, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, will feature six presentations by five EORM expert consultants addressing a range of current health and safety topics. The GOSH conference is the largest safety and health conference in the Northwest and one of the largest in the United States.

The presentations, which offer strategies, tools and techniques for companies looking to build or advance meaningful safety improvements in their organizations, embody this year's conference theme, "It’s a marathon, not a sprint." EORM speakers will demonstrate how investments today – in ergonomics, designing for safety, creating a safety culture, pre-task planning, workforce motivation and management systems – can produce measurable reductions in injuries, improvements in efficiency and productivity, and bottom line savings.

EORM presentations include:

    • Ergonomics as a Safety Management Tool in
      Construction: Providing Real and Measurable Risk Reduction and Cost Efficiency 
      Matt Jaszkowiak, CPE, Consultant, EORM, Tuesday, March 10, 10:30 AM – Noon (#216) 

      Construction is a critical aspect of economic growth. Safe, efficient, and non-impactive construction enables this growth. However, construction processes have traditionally posed significant risks to workers and projects. Construction companies have made great strides in upgrading their work practices and methods to accommodate these needs, and to create a safe and healthful workplace for employees. Ergonomics has been a surprisingly effective tool for augmenting this improvement by showing not only areas of risk but also areas of inefficiency. This presentation provides an overview of concepts that have made ergonomics a valuable tool, to mitigate risk, and serve as a pathway to improved efficiency and profitability. It includes case studies of successful companies and projects and showcases a method of integrating ergonomic principles into a construction project to provide real and measurable risk reduction and cost efficiency.


    • Building Safety into Design:
      Using Life Cycle Safety Design Reviews
      Brett Phillips, LEED® AP,Principal Consultant, EORM, Tuesday, March 10, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (#253)

      Have you ever looked at a facility or component that just doesn’t work? The natural response is, "What the heck were they thinking when they designed that?" Life Cycle Safety (LCS) is an approach to design that helps minimize or eliminate those experiences. The process considers key operations during each cycle of the facility’s life, such as what it takes to construct, maintain, retrofit, and, ultimately, decommission and dismantle a facility. By engaging construction specialists, facility operators, and maintenance personnel in the design process, a designer can create a facility that is simple, efficient and safe to construct and operate. Participants learn to understand the concepts and application of Life Cycle Safety Design Reviews, see examples of facility errors that could be avoided by effective LCS Design Reviews, and review case studies of successful LCS Design Review efforts. This presentation targets anyone who participates in design of a new or remodeled/retrofitted facility.


    • Five W's of Pre-Task Planning
      Jonathan Shafer, 
      Consulting Specialist, EORM, Tuesday, March 10, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (#267) 

      This session teaches the importance of Pre-Task Planning (PTP) and how it can positively influence work culture. Learn the 5 W’s: Who, What, When, Where and Why of PTP. There is an opportunity to participate in filling out your own PTP. At the end of session attendees should have a basic understanding of what a PTP will bring to their workplace, how to implement it, and what benefits the workers and companies will see.


    • Managing and Motivating Different Generations in Today's Workforce: Insight on How to Market Safety Culture in 2015
      Sherril Shapiro, Human Resources Director, EORM, Wednesday, March 11, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM (#304)

      Four distinct generations, each motivated by a different set of experiences and values, exist in today’s diverse workforce. This session provides insight into what motivates each of those generations, and how to leverage that to inspire enthusiasm for safety culture from each.


    • Marketing Your Organization to 
      Advance Safety Culture in 2015
      Brett Phillips, LEED® AP, Principal Consultant, EORM,Wednesday, March 11, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM (#354)

      Many of us work in organizations with solid safety programs. Sometimes, however, it’s not so easy to help the organization evolve to a more advanced safety culture. This workshop refreshes some familiar safety concepts and tactics and shows how using some wisdom from the world of marketing can create a context in which employees and managers want to grow a safety culture.


  • By Our Powers Combined – Effective Integration of Environmental and Safety Management Systems
    Dave Meyer, Senior Consultant, EORM, Wednesday, March 11, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM (#360) 

    Integration of Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Management Systems is proving to be an effective tool to manage EHS issues and offer continual improvement opportunities. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) continues to develop and improve international standards. Understanding these new and emerging standards is vital to developing your own management systems to maximize business efficiency, improve profit/cost ratios, reduce environmental and energy impact, and improve your organization’s reputation in the business community. Certifying your organization to one or more standards (such as ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001) can improve credibility and demonstrate your commitment to performing above conformance levels. This presentation highlights the benefits, business drivers, and challenges of establishing a management systems approach; provides an overview of some of the newer EHS and related management systems; and outlines some of the advantages of developing an integrated EHS management system to track and improve such factors as overall environmental footprint, safety and health concerns, or sustainability metrics. In addition, we discuss how a customized integrated management system, comprising elements of two or more standards, can maximize benefits as it decreases time and resource requirements.

In addition, EORM's Pacific Northwest Regional Manager and Principal Consultant Guy Silvey, CIH, CSP and Senior Consultant Tim Fasching, OHST, CHST, will be attending the conference and are available, together with all of our presenting consultants, to meet and discuss attending organizations’ specific health and safety needs.

For more information on the GOSH 2015 Conference visit www.oregongosh.com.