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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
March 9, 2005
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

Safety training workshops from Oregon OSHA in Klamath Falls

(Klamath Falls)
The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) will be offering three days of free training sessions to employers and workers in Klamath Falls on April 5, 6 & 7th at Klamath Falls Community College - Room 310, 7390 South Sixth Street.

Tuesday, April 5 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
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 full-day 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.

Wednesday, April 6 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Safety Training and Your Hispanic Workforce

This training workshop, based on materials developed for Oregon OSHA's 'PESO' bilingual training curriculum, teaches participants how to create a safety-and-health culture when language or cultural barriers exist between managers and employees. The training introduces students to concepts for building a strong training team, involving employees in safety and overcoming potential barriers.

Wednesday, April 6 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Forklift Safety

More than one million forklifts are in commercial use currently in the United States and many traditional safety barriers which once prevented customers from coming into contact with forklifts no longer exist, especially as retail stores expand and reduce showroom expenses. Having a forklift training and operations safety plan in place at your business to protect employees and customers is more urgent than ever. The workshop will explain how forklifts perform differently from cars, address stability and center of gravity concerns, Oregon OSHA 'rules of the road' for safe operations of powered trucks, and designing a training program which will create a safe environment for workers and customers.

Thursday, April 7 - 8:00am to Noon
Ergonomics Awareness

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.

Thursday, April 7 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ergonomics - Before and After

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