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May 4, 2001

WANTED: Real-life heroes and heroines

TUMWATER -  Do you know a person who saved a life? The Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board would like to hear from you.

Nominations for the Governor's annual lifesaving awards currently are being accepted. Award recipients will be featured guests at the opening session of the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference Sept. 26 and 27 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. The two-day event focuses on the latest tools, technologies and strategies for improving workplace safety and health.

All Washington workers covered by the workers' compensation system are eligible for the lifesaving nomination. The heroic act must have taken place between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2001, any day or time, anywhere in the world.

The hero or heroine must have "personally" performed "hands-on" aid in saving a life. For law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians and other emergency aid professionals, the lifesaving action must be "above and beyond the line of duty."

This year marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the safety and health conference.  The "history of safety and health" exhibits will highlight past efforts in worker protection.

For a lifesaving nomination form and additional information, contact the conference coordinator at 360-902-5415. The form is available online at www.lni.wa.gov/wisha/gov-conf/govconf2001.htm. The deadline for submitting applications is July 31, 2001.

Labor & Industries manages the state's workers' compensation system. It provides coverage for more than 163,000 employers and 1.9 million workers. The agency is also responsible for administration and enforcement of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA).

To learn more about the conference call toll-free 1-888-451-2004.

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