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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
April 7, 2005
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

Safety training workshops from Oregon OSHA in Portland

The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) will be offering free training sessions to employers and workers in Portland on April 27 and 28. Workshops will be held at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Center - Room 221, 2379 NE 178th Avenue in Portland (near 181st and Interstate 84).

Ergonomics Awareness
Wednesday April 27 - 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 April 27 - 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.

Worker Protection Standard
Thursday April 28 - 8:00am to Noon

The training will review Oregon OSHA's Worker Protection Standard for safeguarding workers at risk of being exposed to pesticides, primarily in an agricultural setting. A special emphasis of the class will be how to provide effective training to workers whose primary language is not English. This class qualifies for four (4) credit hours of pesticide re-certification training for Oregon-certified pesticide applicators and consultants.

Hazard Communication Program
Thursday April 28 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This workshop guides participants through developing and implementing effective ways of communicating required information to employees about the hazards that exist in a workplace, including hazardous chemicals. This class qualifies for three (3) credit hours of pesticide re-certification training for Oregon-certified pesticide applicators and consultants.

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