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July 29, 1997

Safety and health conference coming to Seattle

SEATTLE -- It's not too early to make reservations for the 46th Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference, scheduled this year for Oct. 30 and 31 at the Seattle Center.

Registration opens Aug. 1 for this year's edition of the conference, which features a two-day menu of worker safety and health choices, offering ideas and information for resolving complex safety and health issues. Each year the conference attracts upward of 2,000 safety and health professionals who come to learn about the latest tools, technologies and strategies for workplace safety and health. It includes panel discussions, blockbuster presentations, a trade show, product exhibits, demonstrations and workshops.

But that's just the start. 

Conference attendees will meet real-life heroes who will be honored and recognized for saving a life during the past year. They can watch the state's best utility crews show their skill and expertise in a pole-top rescue competition. Or they can attend one of six blockbuster panel discussions with nationally recognized speakers and presenters.

There are dozens and dozens of events, panels, demonstrations and other venues of interest, all dedicated to the ideal of eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses and reducing their associated costs both in human and economic terms.

This year's conference actually is three conferences in one. Registration for the governor's conference also entitles conference goers to attend the Retrospective Rating Symposium and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Seattle-based Region 10 conference. 

Also this year, the vehicle and fleet panel presentation will include all training and testing necessary for the hazardous material endorsement on a commercial driver's license. Attendees will be able to obtain or renew this endorsement to their commercial driver's license at no additional cost. 

Other opportunities include professional development through the University of Washington, continuing education credits, a vendor fair and much, much more. The $45 conference fee includes everything but the UW's seminar. Information about that seminar may be obtained by contacting Jan Schwert at (206) 543-8068. 

The department and the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board has produced a six-minute video that is available upon request by calling the conference's toll-free hotline at 1-888-451-2004. Registration forms also are available through that number and on the L&I website on the Internet. 

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