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Free workplace safety seminar on March 30 features companies known for safety

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March 16, 2017 #17-006

Tumwater – Making sure workplaces are safe is a vital part of running any business. It protects workers and is also good for the bottom line. In every industry, there are known steps businesses can take to make workplaces as safe as possible and create a culture of safety.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is hosting a one-day seminar on March 30 for employers to learn from companies around the state that have been recognized for safety excellence.

Several organizations will be on hand to share their expertise and experience, including Trident Seafoods, CMC Biologics, NuStar Energy, Nucor Steel, the Washington Onsite Sewage Association, and K-Solutions Law. They'll present information on a variety of safety topics.

The keynote speaker is Rick Gleason, of the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. He will talk about Washington's 100 years of worker safety and workers' compensation.

The free seminar is sponsored by L&I's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). It's designed for managers, safety professionals, safety committee members and anyone interested in improving workplace safety.

The daylong event is in Tumwater at the L&I auditorium, 7273 Linderson Way SW. Pre-registration is required (www.surveymonkey.com/r/lkssnwx).

VPP is a recognition program designed to promote workplace safety and health through cooperative relationships between management, labor and government.

Go to the VPP website for more information and the meeting agenda (www.vpp.lni.wa.gov).

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I, 360-902-5413.

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