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Sept. 28, 2000

Workplace ergonomics featured at safety conference

TUMWATER - A two-hour "blockbuster" workshop on workplace ergonomics will be held at 8 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Spokane Convention Center. The workshop is one of the attractions at the 49th Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference, occurring Oct. 4 and 5 in Spokane.

"The Washington State Ergonomics Rule: Implementation and Beyond," will briefly review the new ergonomics rule and implementation activities, including demonstration projects. Most of the workshop will focus on ergonomic methods of reducing work-related hazards that lead to injuries, such as back strain, tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Ergonomics involves designing jobs and workplaces to match human capabilities and limitations.

Other conference attractions include a keynote address by Charlie Morecraft. This nationally known speaker's compelling account of the industrial incident that nearly cost him his life sends a powerful message about the importance of workplace safety and health.

A poletop rescue simulation and forklift rodeo will showcase safe work practices in action. Safety equipment and services will be displayed throughout the exhibition hall.

The cost for the conference is $60 at the door. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 4 and 7:30 a.m. Oct. 5 in the Big Bend Room.

The Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries co-sponsor the annual conference. Upward of 2,000 are expected to attend this year's event titled, "Working Today Toward a Safer Tomorrow."

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