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For Immediate Release
June 26, 2003
For More Information:
Kevin Weeks 503-947-7428


Oregon OSHA offers no-cost safety training in The Dalles

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) will be offering several no-cost training sessions to employers and workers in The Dalles during July.

July 9, 2003
Safety and Health Management
8:00am to Noon
Safety Committee Operations 1:00pm to 5:00pm

"Safety and Health Management" is an overview training about the interrelated elements of an effective safety management system. The instructor will provide a model written safety and health plan that you can incorporate into operations at your workplace. This class is recommended as a good starting point for an employee who may be new to safety committee duties or workplace safety and health responsibilities. "Safety Committee Operations" will introduce participants to basic safety committee responsibilities and procedures.

July 10, 2003
Accident Investigation
8:00am to Noon
Hazard Identification and Control 1:00pm to 5:00pm

"Accident Investigation" introduces class participants to the basics of investigating a workplace accident. The training covers concepts such as securing an accident scene, gathering information and effective interviewing, determining surface and root causes for an incident, and writing a report that reconstructs events and makes recommendations for preventing repeat occurrences. The "Hazard Identification and Control" workshop will help participants detect a hazardous condition or practice in the workplace, and identify steps to correct them.

July 23, 2003
Safety Committee Training
9:00am to Noon

The safety committee training will educate safety committee members about their duties and responsibilities, training requirements and the purpose of safety committees. The class will also review the mandatory 'Rules for All Workplaces' in Oregon, and how to solve problems using a safety committee. This workshop meets Oregon OSHA requirements for basic Hazard Identification and Accident Investigation training.

July 24, 2003
One hour workshops
8:30am to Noon
· Back Safety
· Violence in the Workplace
· Personal Protective Equipment

All three one-hour courses are presented during one class session, giving employers an opportunity to select the areas where they need additional training. The "Back Safety" course helps employers identify ergonomic risk factors associated with back injuries and introduces methods to control those risks. "Violence in the Workplace" includes topics regarding assessment, de-escalation of potentially violent situations in the workplace, and employer responsibilities. The "Personal Protective Equipment" course gives participants an overview of the requirements placed on employers for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the workplace. Topics include information about hazard assessment to determine needed PPE and suggested methods for protecting the head, face, hands, feet, and torso.

All of the training classes will be held at the Columbia Gorge Community College, 400 East Scenic Drive in The Dalles. To register for the 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.