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Agriculture safety conference coming in Feb. to Yakima and Wenatchee

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Jan. 16, 2018 #18-003

Tumwater – Washington's annual Agriculture Safety Day is happening in two Eastern Washington locations again this year, thanks to the enthusiastic 2017 turnout. The February event, now in its 14th year, is put on to help meet the specific safety and health training needs in the agricultural industry.

The Feb. 7 conference is at the Yakima Convention Center, and the Feb. 28 event is at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Registration is open now for both.

Agriculture is one of the largest industries in the state, with one of the highest injury rates, so a focus on prevention is good for workers and makes good business sense.

“Safety and health training helps prevent injuries and can save lives,” said Rebecca Llewellyn, Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) conference manager. “We offer something for everybody, and each event includes topics that are important to the local areas. Last year was the first time the conference was held in two locations, and the response was great.”

The one-day trainings promote workplace safety and health and are specifically geared to hazards that agriculture employers and workers say are the most important. The events are co-sponsored by L&I and the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board.

This year's meetings feature special training on drug recognition in the workplace, irrigation and trenching hazards, ladder safety, community trauma care and more. Many of the workshops are in both English and Spanish.

There'll be several classes on pesticide training, where participants can earn pesticide license recertification credits. Health and safety exhibitors will also be there with educational booths, product displays and demonstrations.

Online pre-registration is $75 per person or $65 for groups of five or more. Students and apprentices get a discounted rate of only $35. Admission at the door is $85. The registration fee includes the conference and lunch.

Register now for either Yakima (www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/277736), or Wenatchee (www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/277734).

For more information, contact Conference Manager Rebecca Llewellyn at 1-888-451-2004 or info@wagovconf.org

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

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