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September 20, 2001

50th Health and Safety Conference, Sept. 26 - 27

TUMWATER - Washington employers and workers will devote two days next week to improving workplace health and safety as they gather in downtown Seattle for the 50th Governor's Safety and Health Conference.

An estimated 4,000 people are expected to attend this year's conference, held Sept. 26 and 27 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. The agenda includes sessions on workplace violence and air-travel safety. Both presentations will address, in part, the recent terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Other events include the annual forklift rodeo, workshops on health and safety and the presentation, by Gov. Gary Locke, of 43 lifesaving and humanitarian awards.

This year's keynote address will be given by Charlie Morecraft, a former Exxon refinery worker who was critically burned in a refinery accident and has since gone on to be a motivational speaker and one of the leading authorities on workplace safety.

Washington state began holding health and safety conferences in 1949 after President Harry Truman summoned industrial and labor leaders and local officials to Washington, D.C., challenging them to cut in half the 2 million workplace injuries that were occurring each year. Since then, Washington has held 49 such conferences, alternating between Spokane and Seattle.

Wednesday afternoon will be devoted to safety workshops covering various industries, including agriculture, chemical and petroleum, construction, forest products and maritime. An aerospace panel will deal with air travel safety. Thursday's sessions cover such issues as violence in the workplace and emergency preparedness, which will instruct people on how to become self-sufficient for at least three days following a disaster.

The cost for the conference is $75 at the door. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Wednesday, 7:30 on Thursday morning. The conference is sponsored by the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries.

Conference at a Glance

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Time

Event

Location

7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cyber Caf

Room 615

7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Registration Exhibits Open

Level 4 Lobby Exhibition Hall

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Cubicle Yoga for Computer-Related Symptoms

Room 602/603

8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

School to Work: A Safety and Health Perspective

Room 608

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

"No Zone" Presentation

Exhibition Hall

9:30 a.m. to Noon

General Session Opens Color Guard
Washington State Patrol

Rooms 6ABC

Welcome Addresses
Gary Moore, Director, Department of Labor & Industries

John Workland, President, Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board Lifesaving Awards 

"The Charlie Morecraft Story"
Keynote Speaker: Charlie Morecraft: 

Noon to 5:00 p.m.

4th Annual Forklift Rodeo

Exhibition Hall

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Implementing Ergonomics for Employers

Room 611

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

OSHA Recordkeeping Workshop

Room 618

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Industry Panel Workshop

Room 602/603

Aerospace Panel Room 605/606
Accident Prevention Panel Room 616
Agriculture Panel Room 604
Chemical and Petroleum Panel Room 613/614
Communications Panel Room 609/610
Construction Panel Room 608
Electrical Utilities Panel Room 617
Food and Beverage Processing Panel Room 6E 
Forest Products Panel Room 6C 
Health Care Panel Room 620
Maritime and Waterfront-Related Activities Panel Exhibition Hall
Metals Panel/Automotive Panel (Forklift Rodeo) Room 619
Mines, Quarries, Cement and Mineral Aggregates Panel Room 612
Natural Gas Panel Public Employees Panel Room 6A
Vehicle and Fleet Panel Room 607

3:15 p.m.

28th Poletop Rescue Competition

Freeway Park

Conference at a Glance

Thursday, September 27, 2001

Time

Event

Location

7:00 a.m. to Noon

Cyber Caf

Room 615

7:30 a.m.

Registration Exhibits Open

Level 4 Lobby Exhibition Hall

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Blockbuster Sessions (First Presentation)

 
Fleet Safety: Don't Let a Vehicle and a License Be Your First AND LAST Step

Room 6A

Violence in the Workplace

Room 6D

Responding to an Emergency

Room 6B

8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Industry Panel Workshops

Room 605

Electrical Utilities Panel 

Room 610

Vehicle and Fleet

Room 616

8:00 a.m. to Noon

Implementing Ergonomics for Employers

Room 619/620

8:00 a.m. to Noon

OSHA Recordkeeping Workshop

Room 611

8:00 a.m. to Noon

"No Zone" Presentation

Exhibition Hall

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

WISHA Rules Renaissance

Room 602/604

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Industry Panel Workshops

Room 611

Forest Products Panel Room 614

9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Blockbuster Sessions (Second Presentation)

Same

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Blockbuster Sessions (Third Presentation)

Same

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Conference Luncheon Speaker
Don Werner

Room 6E

Awards, Poletop Rescue Competition
Past Service Awards
Grand Prize Drawing

2:00 p.m.

Conference Ends

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