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For Immediate Release
January 3, 2003
Media Contact Information:
Kevin Weeks 503-947-7428  (direct dial)
kevin.s.weeks@state.or.us


Oregon OSHA lunchtime small business training in Albany and Corvallis


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. If you can spare two lunch hours, Oregon OSHA has a no-cost simple safety and health program to assist you.


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 right now. 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.


Albany:
February 4, 2003 - Noon to 1:00pm at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Boulevard - Phase Two class on February 18 from Noon to 1:00pm.


Corvallis:
February 5, 2003 - Noon to 1:00pm at the Business Enterprise Center, 800 NW Starker - Phase Two class on February 19 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 Web site, 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.