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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
July 12, 2005
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

Safety training workshops from Oregon OSHA in Pendleton

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 Pendleton, August 9-11 at Blue Mountain Community College – Pioneer Hall Room 132, 2411 NW Carden.

Safety and Health Program Evaluation
Tuesday, August 9 - 8:00am to Noon

This is an advanced workshop for safety and health professionals who want to be able to critique their company's safety and health operations. This class is valuable for those employers working towards membership in Oregon OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) or the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Persons interested in attending should already have completed Oregon OSHA's Safety and Health Management class, or have at least two years of safety and health experience.

Workplace Emergency Action Plan
Tuesday, August 9 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The class will demonstrate how employers can comply with Oregon OSHA requirements to have employee emergency and fire prevention plans in businesses with more than ten employees. Topics covered during the class include planning ahead for earthquakes, fires, floods, explosions, hazardous substance releases, medical emergencies and weather-related events that can impact a workplace.

Industrial Hygiene for the Non-IH
Wednesday, August 10 - 8:00am to Noon

Industrial Hygienists (IH's) form an important part of the workplace safety-and-health team. This class introduces participants to the role of an IH, how IH’s form an important part of safety committees, and major hazard areas in the workplace that are of special concern to IH’s.

Hearing Conservation Program
Wednesday, August 10 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This workshop introduces an effective approach to preserving the sense of hearing throughout a lifetime of work and play. Elements of an effective hearing conservation program, how sound damages hearing, and actions to take to prevent hearing loss will be discussed in this workshop.

Safety Training and your Hispanic Workforce
Thursday, August 11 - 8:00am to Noon

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.

To register for the training workshop, 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.

More information and resources for workplace safety and health are available on Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org