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April 11, 2000

Lifesavers wanted: Real-life heroes and heroines sought for awards

TUMWATER - If you know a real-life hero or heroine who saved a life this past year, the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board would like to hear from you.

The board is accepting nominations for the Governor's annual lifesaving awards presentation to be held during the 49th Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference next October. All Washington workers covered by the Workers' compensation system are eligible for nomination.

More than 3,000 workers, employers, safety professionals and others from across the state attend the annual conference, which alternates between Spokane and Seattle. This year's conference will be at the Spokane Convention Center on Oct. 4 and 5.

The lifesaving award winners will be featured guests at the opening session of the two-day event. The conference offers opportunities for learning the latest tools, technologies and strategies for improving workplace safety and health. The program includes panel discussions, blockbuster presentations, trade show exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and more.

To be eligible for nomination, the lifesaving effort must have occurred anywhere at anytime between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000. The nomination requires that the lifesaver "personally" performed "hands-on" action in saving a life. For law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians and other emergency medical professionals, the lifesaving effort must be above and beyond the line of duty.

For a nomination form and additional information, contact the conference coordinator at 360-902-5415. The nomination deadline is July 31.

Information on the 49th Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference is available by calling toll-free at 1-888-451-2004.

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