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For Immediate Release
October 1, 2002
Contact Information:
Kevin Weeks 503-947-7428  (direct dial)

Oregon OSHA lunchtime small business training comes to Portland

If you're a small business professional, you know there just aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish everything - sales work, production work, accounting, and running your safety program. Does it take a lot of time to set up a safety program? How about two lunch hours! Oregon OSHA will offer a no-cost simple safety and health program in Portland during four lunchtime workshops in November.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) designed the ‘Safety for Small Business' program to help small business owners start implementing safety and health programs 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.

Portland Eastside:
November 5, 2002 - Noon to 1:00pm at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Center, 2379 NE 178th Avenue (near Interstate 84 and 181st Avenue) - Phase Two class on November 19 from Noon to 1:00pm

Portland Downtown:
November 6, 2002 - Noon to 1:00pm at the Portland Community College Small Business Development Center in the Lloyd Center Mall. (Phase Two class on November 20 from Noon to 1:00pm)

Oregon OSHA offers a variety of conferences, training, educational resources and consultation services to help Oregon employers create safer workplaces and reduce the number of injuries which occur at work. You can find more information and resources on Oregon OSHA's website, www.orosha.org

For more information about these workshops or to register, call the Oregon OSHA Education Section, (503) 947-7443, or toll-free in Oregon, (888) 292-5247 Option 2.