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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
April 26, 2005
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

Safety training workshops from Oregon OSHA in Medford

The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) will be offering three days of FREE training sessions to employers and workers in Medford on May 24-25-26 at the Medford Education Resource Center in the Rogue Valley Mall.

Tuesday, May 24 8:00am to 5:00pm
Safety Committee Basic Training

This workshop gives safety committee members, especially new members, insight into their roles and how important safety committees are to building safer workplaces. The full-day class addresses topics such as meeting management, problem-solving, and writing recommendations and reviews safety rules that apply in all Oregon workplaces. This workshop meets Oregon OSHA basic rule requirements for safety committee training.

Wednesday, May 25 8:00am to Noon
Forklift Safety

More than one million forklifts are in commercial use currently in the United States and many traditional safety barriers which once prevented customers from coming into contact with forklifts no longer exist, especially as retail stores expand and reduce showroom expenses. Having a forklift training and operations safety plan in place at your business to protect employees and customers is more urgent than ever. The workshop will explain how forklifts perform differently from cars, address stability and center of gravity concerns, Oregon OSHA 'rules of the road' for safe operations of powered trucks, and designing a training program which will create a safe environment for workers and customers.

Wednesday, May 25 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Safety Training and Your Hispanic Workforce

This training workshop, based on materials developed for Oregon OSHA's 'PESO' bilingual training curriculum, teaches participants how to create a safety-and-health culture when language or cultural barriers exist between managers and employees. The training introduces students to concepts for building a strong training team, involving employees in safety and overcoming potential barriers.

Thursday, May 26 8:00am to Noon
Worker Protection Standard

The training will review Oregon OSHA's Worker Protection Standard for safeguarding workers at risk of being exposed to pesticides, primarily in an agricultural setting. A special emphasis of the class will be how to provide effective training to workers whose primary language is not English. This class qualifies for four (4) credit hours of pesticide re-certification training for Oregon-certified pesticide applicators and consultants.

Thursday, May 26 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Hazard Communication Program

This workshop guides participants through developing and implementing effective ways of communicating required information to employees about the hazards that exist in a workplace, including hazardous chemicals. This class qualifies for three (3) credit hours of pesticide re-certification training for Oregon-certified pesticide applicators and consultants.

To register for the training workshops, fax your request on company letterhead to (503) 947-7462 or register on the Oregon OSHA Web site, www.orosha.org under "Education." For questions about Oregon OSHA training, call (503) 947-7443 or call toll-free within Oregon, (888) 292-5247, Option 2.

Oregon OSHA is committed to partnering with employers and workers to keep Oregon's injury rates low, and workers' compensation costs under control. One of the best things an employer can do to prevent injuries is to properly train employees. Oregon OSHA offers free training, free safety and health consultations, and education and training materials from the OR-OSHA Resource Center. Keep your employees and workplaces safe through a commitment to training, education and elimination of hazards.

As Oregon's economy improves, safe jobs are smart business. More information and resources are available on Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org