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"60th Annual Governor's Industrial Safety & Health Conference"

September 28 - 29, 2011 in Tacoma at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

How will the Governor's Industrial Safety & Health Conference help me?

Thousands of workers are injured, and sadly, more than 100 Washington workers die from job-related injuries each year. Many of these injuries and losses are preventable. The conference provides resources to assist in design and maintenance of a sound safety and healthy culture at your workplace. The benefits include; reduced injuries, less time lost from work, money saved on industrial insurance premiums and an increase in profits. The comprehensive safety skills gained will benefit you far beyond the workplace.

In addition to the numerous presentations and workshops, the conference offers featured presentations with noted speakers and personalities.  


Are you a registered speaker?

If you have questions please e-mail Linda McDonough, Speaker Coordinator, or contact her by phone at (360) 902-5027.

If you are interested in being a speaker at a future conference, please contact the conference manager.

Want more information?

To be added to the mailing list or request additional information, please call the conference hotline:  1-888-451-2004 or FAX (360) 902-5290

Or contact:

Teri Neely, 
Conference Manager
(360) 902-5446

Sue Soto, 
Conference Coordinator
(360) 902-5415

Who sponsors the conference?

The Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries co-sponsor this non-profit conference. More than 300 labor and management volunteers donate their time to plan the event. If you are interested in becoming a board member, you can complete an Advisory Board application here.

If you are interested in assisting in the development of industry topics, please contact the Conference Manager.


Interested in being a sponsor for this event?
If so, register as a sponsor at:
https://www.regonline.com/gishab-sponsor  or contact the Conference Manager at:
Teri Neely, 
Conference Manager
(360) 902-5446


Will there be Internet access available?

The Convention center is Wi-Fi capable. If you have a Wi-Fi card installed on your laptop, you may access the internet from within the convention center.

Can I earn continuing education credits?

Yes. Continuing education credits have been requested from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for attending this Conference. 

Conference History

Following World War II, it was realized that there were nearly as many Americans killed in the defense industries as were killed on the battlefields. The current president was Harry Truman. In 1949 he called a conference of governors in Washington DC, one of the governors who attended was Governor Langlie from this state. The President urged all the governors to return to their states and sponsor state conferences to educate the workforce in incident prevention in an attempt to reduce injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Washington State has held a Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference each year except three since 1949. The first conferences focused on the high-risk industries and included traffic safety. Industrial hygiene, the "health" part was not included in the title until 1973 when WISHA was passed and the name of the division became Safety and Health. In 2006, during a reorganization the name was changed to Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).

2012 Conference
The 61st Annual Governor's Industrial Safety & Health Conference will be held in Spokane, at the Spokane Convention Center.

2009 Worker Memorial Poster

2008 Worker Memorial Poster

2007 Worker Memorial Poster