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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
September 21, 2005
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428


Free safety and health workshops in Coos Bay

The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) will be offering two days of free training sessions to employers and workers in Coos Bay during October. Workshops will be held at Southwestern Oregon Community College, 1988 Newmark Avenue.

Tuesday October 25 - 8:00am to Noon
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 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.

Tuesday October 25 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Lockout-Tagout and Machine Safeguarding

This session explains the principles of machine safeguarding, to ensure that exposed machine hazards do not come into contact with workers. The training session will discuss controlling hazardous energy, periodic inspections, training expectations and proper selection of safeguard options.

Wednesday October 26 - 8:00am to Noon
OSHA Form 300 Record Keeping

Introduces participants to basic record keeping requirements for documenting occupational injuries and illnesses in the OSHA Form 300 log. Explains the purpose of documenting injuries, calculating an employer's Days Away or Restricted Time (DART) rate, and determining if an injury must be recorded or reported to Oregon OSHA. The workshop is ideal for human resources staff or safety committee members who are responsible for documenting injuries.

Wednesday October 26 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Safety Accountability

Implementing an effective safety-and-health program in the workplace requires that supervisors and employees are both accountable for safety. This workshop will introduce participants to a balanced accountability approach that includes positive recognition as well as effective discipline.

Thursday October 27 - 8:00am to Noon
Ergonomics of Manual Material Handling

Manual material handling is a part of many work tasks, including lifting boxes and carrying building products. Improper handling can result in muscle strains and sprains, which seriously injure over 10,000 Oregon workers each year. Participants will learn about ergonomic risk factors associated with manual material handling and introduces methods to control those risks, including safe lifting techniques.

Thursday October 27 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Ergonomics in the Office

Ergonomics is the study of how the human body responds to the design, tasks and tools of a work environment. This workshop will discuss the risk factors involved with a variety of tasks in office settings, including health considerations, choosing the right workstation and how to position video display equipment to prevent muscle strain. Workshop participants learn the components of an effective ergonomics program and ways to reduce ergonomic risks.

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.

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