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September 8, 2000

International industrial safety and health experts muster in Seattle

TUMWATER - Business, labor and government representatives from around the world will meet in Seattle next week to explore current industrial safety and health issues and exchange information.

The 86th annual International Association of Industrial Accidents Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) convention will be held at the Westin Hotel in Seattle Sept. 16-20. This is the third time the group has met in Seattle.

The keynote speaker for the event is Washington State Attorney General Christine Gregoire. Gregoire will discuss the tobacco settlement and its impact on workers' compensation.

Medical and legal experts will discuss topics such as cumulative trauma and repetitive strain (musculoskeletal disorders), medical and disability management issues, injury prevention, innovative return-to-work programs, telemedicine, the impact of HIV, and new challenges in workers' compensation, such as flex time and telecommuting.

The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions is an association with more than 70 member countries, states and provinces, with hundreds of associate members including self-insured employers, insurance companies, physicians, lawyers and other workers' compensation related organizations.

IAIABC members work to identify problems and challenges for the effective and efficient administration of workers' compensation statutes, developing innovative solutions, and providing educational, informational and technical services for anyone interested in the workers' compensation field.

The Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries are assisting with the international event.

The theme for the 86th convention is "Threading the Needle: Partnership for Progress." For registration information, visit the IAIABC web site at www.iaiabc.org or call 785-840-9103.

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