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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
October 5, 2004
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

Ergonomics and safety committee workshops in Seaside

The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) will be providing an opportunity for employers and workers to improve their workplace safety and health skills. Three free training classes are scheduled on October 12 & 13 at Clatsop Community College's South County Center, 1761 North Holladay Drive in Seaside.


Safety Committee Training
Tuesday October 12, 2004 8:00am to 5:00pm

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.


Ergonomics Awareness
Wednesday October 13, 2004 8:00am to Noon

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 jobs, from office settings and labor-intensive natural resources work to lifting boxes in warehouses. Workshop participants learn the components of an effective ergonomics program and ways to reduce ergonomic risks.

Ergonomics - Before and After
Wednesday October 13, 2004 1:00pm to 3:00pm
This workshop looks at ergonomic workstation and task design from a "before-and-after" approach, using group exercises to help transform ergonomic nightmares into modern solutions for preventing employee injuries. An emphasis is placed on reducing back injuries, musculoskeletal disorders and cumulative trauma disorders.


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.


As Oregon's economy improves, safe jobs are smart business. More information and resources are available on Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org