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May 28, 2002

Heroes and heroines sought for saving a life

TUMWATER - If you know a person who saved a life, the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board would like to hear from you.

Nominations for the Governor's annual lifesaving awards currently are being accepted. Award recipients will be featured guests at the opening session of the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference Oct. 30 and 31 at the Spokane Convention Center. The two-day event focuses on the latest tools, technologies and strategies for improving workplace safety and health.

All Washington workers covered by the workers' compensation system or self-insured employers are eligible for the lifesaving nomination. The heroic act must have taken place between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2002, any day or time, anywhere in the world.

The hero or heroine must have performed "hands-on" aid in saving a life. For law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other emergency aid professionals, the lifesaving action must be "above and beyond the line of duty."

For a lifesaving nomination form and additional information, contact Char Alexander at 360-902-5446 or Melodie Hess at 360-902-5415. The form is available online at /wisha/gov-conf/ . The deadline for submitting applications is July 31.

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries manages the state's workers' compensation system. It provides coverage for more than 163,000 employers and 1.9 million workers. The agency is also responsible for administration and enforcement of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA).

To learn more about the conference, call toll-free 1-888-451-2004. TDD users can call 360-902-5797.


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