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Aug. 1, 2001

Worker safety and health conference hits half-century mark

TUMWATER - Registration has opened for the 50th Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference. 

Historical exhibits and one-time events mark a half-century of safety and health emphasis in Washington workplaces.

The conference was started in 1949 by Gov. Arthur B. Langlie, and has run annually except for two years. The 2001 event will be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center located in Seattle, Sept. 26 and 27.

Registration forms are available online at www.Lni.wa.gov/wisha/gov-conf/govconf2001.htm, by calling 1-360-902-5446, or 1-888-451-2004. TDD users may call 1-360-902-5797. 

Forms also are available at all L&I service centers across the state. The $60 advanced registration fee covers the two-day event. Advanced registration ends Sept. 5.

Conference participants will choose from numerous activities. The opening session features nationally renowned speaker Charlie Morecraft - whose compelling account of a refinery explosion that nearly cost him his life by engulfing him in flames - stresses the importance of workplace safety and health. Morecraft, a refinery worker, provides insight into the devastating incident that forever changed his body, his family, his future and his perspective on personal safety. 

The "history of safety and health" exhibits will highlight past efforts in worker protection, vintage films, machinery and 50 years of advancements in workplace safety and health. Last year's real-life heroes and heroines will be recognized for taking action to save a life as annual lifesaving awards are presented. The championship finals of the forklift rodeo and the poletop rescue competition also are scheduled. 

The conference offers opportunities for learning the latest tools, technologies and strategies for improving workplace safety and health. Featured events include: 

Implementing Ergonomics for Employers. Participants will learn what constitutes a "caution zone job," how to analyze these jobs for hazards and how to implement ergonomics using the criteria in the rule, which was adopted last year. 

Safety and Health Rules - Now and in the Future. This session introduces the features and benefits of Washington State's Safety and Health Core Rules. This plain-English "rulebook" contains basic requirements employers must follow to comply with the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA). 

OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements. This workshop introduces new requirements to properly identify and record injuries and illnesses and how to properly complete required forms.

Cyber Cafe. Learn how to access and explore the webs for the State of Washington and Labor & Industries, including RCWs and WACs.

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