Conference Overview

The 62nd Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference was held in Tacoma at the Tacoma Convention Center on September 25 & 26, 2013.

Check back for details of the upcoming 63rd Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference to be held in Spokane at the Spokane Convention Center on September 24 & 25, 2014.

Robyn Benincasa – 2013 Keynote Speaker

Robyn is a two-time World Champion Eco Challenge Adventure Racer and San Diego Firefighter.  For 15 years Robyn and her teammates have studied Extreme Teamwork in the most unique and compelling classrooms on earth:  The jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the epic brush fires of Southern California.  She will speak about her unique and inspiring perspective on teamwork.

Meeghan Black – 2013 Lifesaving Awards Host

Meeghan is an award-winning reporter and host of Evening Magazine on KING 5.  She has received an Emmy for her work on a KING 5 special called “Echoes of the Eruption.”  Meeghan and gardening guru Ciscoe Morris have also developed the very popular “Gardening with Ciscoe” segments.  We are very happy to welcome back Meeghan as the Lifesaving Awards Host.

Forklift Rodeo

The 16th Annual Forklift Rodeo Finals was held on Wednesday, September 25th, 12:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall of the Tacoma Convention Center.  We watched skilled forklift operators as they navigated a fun and challenging driving course that includes various tasks and hazards.  Drivers are evaluated on the safe, efficient, skillful and proper completion of the course using accepted forklift operation standards. more details…

Poletop Rescue Competition

The 40th Annual Poletop Rescue Competition was held on Wednesday, September 25th, 3:30 pm at the Tollefson Plaza next to the Courtyard Marriott, across from the Tacoma Convention Center.  Watch the amazing skills of the contestants as they climb high up utility poles.  This contest simulates situations requiring critical rescue skills utility crews must master. more details…

Lifesaving Awards

Lifesaving awards are presented each year to Washington State employees who saved a life. Nominate someone today. more details…

Electrical High Voltage Demo

Gain an understanding of the dangers of electrical power at this demonstration presented throughout the day by Grant Count PUD.  Demonstrations will occur throughout Wednesday and Thursday, 9/25 and 9/26 at Tollefson Plaza.  Please refer to your Conference Program for times.

DuPont Thermo-Man Demo

Thermo-Man is a tool to physically and quantitatively demonstrate performance of FR PPE and grament systems.

  • Incorporates a “Jet” Fire Exposure Chamber
  • Simulates flash fires using propane jets
  • Fires are run for a specific intensity by altering burn duration
  • Shows predicted burn injuries for a particular garment or system using a computerized data collection system

There will be a workshop and demos on Thursday, September 26th at the Tollefson Plaza.  Please refer to the Conference Program for workshop room location and times of demos.

Speaker Registration

If you have questions please e-mail Kathy Sortor, Speaker Coordinator, or contact her by phone at (360) 902-4849.

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

Professional Certification Maintenance

ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this event. The current event can be claimed for CM credit.

For BCSP, professional development conferences qualify for 0.6 points per day (6 hours or more).



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 April 23, 2014

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Governor's Conference

September 24 & 25, 2014

Spokane Convention Center