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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
June 13, 2006

Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA, 503-947-7428

Portland hosts Healthcare Ergonomics Conference in June

The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is urging supervisors and workers in Oregon's growing health care industry to attend the 2nd National Healthcare Ergonomics Conference, June 26-29 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.


The conference will offer information and case studies on topics including:

  • Safe patient handling and movement
  • Successful health care ergonomics programs
  • Aggression and difficult patient care

"Health care, which represents a growing economic sector for the state of Oregon, is experiencing an increased injury and illness rate at the same time that the rate in many industries is going down," said Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon OSHA. "That's a challenge that labor, business, and government working together need to address. The health care industry has unique hazards such as safe patient handling and workplace violence. It is vital to make the investment in safe workplaces."


"The quality and diversity of the workshops being offered will appeal to a wide variety of health care professionals and leaders," said Lynda Enos, RN, MS, COHN-S, CPE, and chair of the Oregon Coalition for Healthcare Ergonomics. "The conference features speakers from across the United States, Canada, and Australia to share new innovations and ideas about health care ergonomics. The large exhibitor event will be the first in the United States to address a broad cross section of ergonomic needs in health care, from computer workstations, clinical devices, and new technologies in patient handling equipment to housekeeping and material handling equipment."


The conference is presented by the Oregon Coalition for Healthcare Ergonomics (OCHE), Oregon Nurses Foundation, and Oregon OSHA. Feedback from the first Healthcare Ergonomics conference in 2004 helped conference organizers design improvements for the 2006 conference.


"Several sessions are longer to allow participants to learn in-depth about practical ergonomic solutions that can be adapted to their work environment," Enos said. "There are also special sessions for therapists related to safe patient handling and rehabilitation. We have two keynote speakers who are leaders in the field of 'Safe Patient Handling and Movement' - they will discuss research that demonstrates there is no safe way to manually lift and move patients or residents."

Registration fees for the conference are $325 for the full four-day event. Attend the Tuesday and Wednesday workshops for $100 each day, attend the Monday pre-conference workshop for $125, or attend the Thursday half-day session for $50. Registration fees include continental breakfast, lunch, and session materials. Students in the health care or safety professions may qualify for up to a 50 percent discount on registration fees.

For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section, (503) 378-3272 or (888) 292-5247 option one, or visit the conference's Web page at www.orosha.org/conferences. Online registration for the conference is available at: www.b-there.com/breg/HCErgo2006.