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For Immediate Release
June 10, 2002

Contact Information:
Kevin Weeks, 503-947-7428 
Toll free within Oregon: 800-922-2689


Oregon OSHA offers hearing protection class in Portland

Hearing. A critical human sense that many people find declines as they mature and grow older. Some hearing loss is connected to age, however the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) is working to make sure that workers' hearing is protected while on the job to lessen the impact of occupational hearing loss.

Prevention is a important way to hold on the good hearing you currently have. Oregon OSHA requires hearing protection for exposure above 85 decibels in the workplace, and many industries produce noises well above this threshold. Learning how to safeguard hearing through the use of ear protectors and machine guards to dampen sound can help employees enjoy their sense of hearing for many decades.

The Public Education and Conferences Section of Oregon OSHA will be offering a "Hearing Conservation Program" training session on Thursday June 27 from 8:00am to Noon. The workshop will be held at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Center Room #211, 2379 NE 178th Avenue in Portland (near Interstate 84 and 181st). Oregon OSHA provides workshop materials for participants, and the workshop is free.

Oregon OSHA offers a variety of conferences, on-site training, educational resources and consultation services to help Oregon employers create safer workplaces and reduce the amount of productivity lost due to injuries which occur at work. Additional information and resources are available on Oregon OSHA's website, www.orosha.org

For more information about this workshop or to register, call the Oregon OSHA Education Section, (503) 947-7443, or toll-free in Oregon, (888) 292-5247 Option 2.

Celebrate National Workplace Safety Week: June 23-29, 2002