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August 13, 2002

Worker safety and health conference registration opens

TUMWATER - Registration is now open for the 51st Annual Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference, scheduled for Oct. 30 and 31 at the Spokane Convention Center. "Safety and Health in Changing Times" is this year's theme. The conference, co-sponsored by the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries, was attended last year by more than 3,000 safety and health professionals.

A $60 advance registration fee covers the two-day event. Activities include lectures, speeches, more than 50 industry panel presentations, a trade fair, demonstrations, and skill competitions.

Gov. Gary Locke is scheduled to open the conference and present several lifesaving awards. He will be followed by keynote speaker Ron Heagly, who at the age of 17, fell victim to a surfing accident that left him a quadriplegic. Now in his thirties, Ron is married, has a Master's degree, and travels across the country sharing his story of triumph over tragedy and the importance of a positive attitude.

The conference offers opportunities for learning the latest tools, technologies and strategies for improving workplace safety and health. Featured events include:

  • Weapons of Terrorism - What's Out There, Why Should We Be Worried. What potential threats exist in our state? What kinds of weapons might terrorists use and what are their potential targets? Learn what we're doing in Washington State to prevent and respond to such threats.
  • Retrospective Rating Symposium: Hearing Loss - Can You Afford It? This program will cover what an employer can do to limit worker exposure to this type of injury. Learn how to take a proactive approach to prevent hearing loss.
  • WISHA Regulatory Update. Get up-to-date information on current industrial safety and health regulations, including changes in the last year.
  • Cyber Cafe. Learn how to access and explore State of Washington and Labor & Industries Websites. Learn how to find the RCWs and WACs you need for your business. Participants can login and check their own e-mail while at the conference.

Registration forms are available online at or by calling 1-888-451-2004, or 1-360-902-5446. TDD users may call 1-360-902-5797. Forms also are available at all L&I service centers across the state. Advance registration ends Oct. 9; afterward the fee is $75.

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