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For Immediate Release
July 18, 2003
For More Information:
Kevin Weeks 503-947-7428
kevin.s.weeks@state.or.us


Oregon OSHA offers no-cost safety training in Jackson County


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


ASHLAND
July 29, 2003
Safety Leadership 8:00am to Noon
Hearing Conservation Program 1:00pm to 5:00pm

"Safety Leadership" will show participants how to build strong working relationships between workers and management, relationships that create safer workplaces. Persons interested in attending this workshop should already have completed Oregon OSHA's 'Safety and Health Management' class and 'Effective Safety Supervision' class.


"Hearing Conservation Program" is a workshop that 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.


ASHLAND
July 30, 2003
What to Expect from an OR-OSHA Inspection 8:00am to Noon
Ergonomics in the Office 1:00pm to 5:00pm

"What to Expect From an OR-OSHA Inspection" helps clear up some misconceptions about Oregon OSHA, and how an OR-OSHA compliance officer conducts an inspection or investigation on a worksite, including the rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees.


"Ergonomics in the Office" is an introduction to the basic principles of ergonomics in an office environment. Learn about health considerations, workstation evaluation, selecting the correct video display terminal and preventing cumulative trauma.


The Ashland training classes will be held at the Southern Oregon University campus in Room 330 of the Stephenson Union Building. 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.

MEDFORD
July 30, 2003
Safety Committee Training 9:00am - Noon
The safety committee training workshop 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 safety and health problems using a safety committee. This workshop meets Oregon OSHA requirements for basic Hazard Identification and Accident Investigation training.


MEDFORD
July 31, 2003
One hour workshops 8:30am - 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 employer requirements 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.


The Medford training classes will be held at the Rogue Valley Mall Educational Resource Center, 1600 North Riverside in Medford. 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.


MEDFORD
August 7, 2003
Safety for Small Business

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) designed the 'Safety for Small Business' program to help small business owners implement safety and health management concepts in their workplace. The program consists of two one-hour "brown bag" workshops. Participants bring their own lunches and Oregon OSHA provides workshop materials for participants. The workshop is free.


The Safety for Small Business workshop is presented in two phases. Attendance is required at the first meeting to participate in the Phase Two meeting two weeks later. Participants will learn how to integrate a safety and health program into their business plan, receive industry-specific resource materials, and be introduced to the program's ten short duration safety and health training modules.


The workshop will be presented in Medford on August 7, 2003 at the Rogue Valley Mall Educational Resource Center, 1600 North Riverside in Medford. The Phase Two class is scheduled for August 21, 2003. 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.


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