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July 22, 2004

Registration begins for worker safety and health conference

TUMWATER — Registration is now open for the 53rd annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference Sept. 29 and 30 at the Spokane Convention Center.

The conference, co-sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries, is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and annually draws thousands of safety and health professionals. This year’s theme is "Safety and Health: It's Your Best Investment."

Gov. Gary Locke is scheduled to open the conference and present several lifesaving awards. Keynote speaker is John Nance, an aviation expert and best-selling author. His entertaining presentation focuses on taking lessons learned from aviation disasters to improve safety in other industries.

Featured conference events and activities include:

  • 50-plus industry workshops
  • Displays and product demonstrations by more than 100 companies
  • “Blockbuster” sessions
  • Networking opportunities
  • 31st Poletop Rescue Competition, 7th Forklift Rodeo, and Governor’s Lifesaving Awards.

An $80 advance registration fee covers the two-day event; cost at the door is $95 per person. Registration forms are available online at www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/TrainTools/GovConf, or by phone, toll-free at 877-866-7498. TDD users call 1-360-902-5797. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Aug. 31, and online registration closes Sept. 24.

Conference attendees are eligible for continuing-education credits from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, recertification credit hours from the Human Resource Certification Institute, and industrial hygiene credits.

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For media information, call Elaine Fischer at 360-902-5413; e-mail: nele235@LNI.wa.gov

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