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Sept. 12, 2003

Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference set for Sept. 17-18

TUMWATER - More than 3,000 people are expected to participate next week in the 52nd annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Seattle. It will be held Sept. 17 and 18 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

Gov. Gary Locke will help launch the opening session Wednesday and present 27 lifesaving awards. The two-day agenda also includes more than 70 events, among them workshops and discussions ranging from bioterrorism to welding safety to effective safety committees. The conference also includes the annual forklift rodeo, the annual poletop rescue competition and trade exhibits.

This year’s keynote address will feature Martin Lesperance, a firefighter paramedic, EMT and author of several safety and injury-prevention books. He tells stories, injected with humor, that are based on actual emergency calls.

Wednesday morning features a School-to-Work program for high school students about the importance of workplace safety and health. The afternoon includes workshops sponsored by numerous industries, including aerospace, agriculture, chemical and petroleum, construction, forest products, health care and maritime.

Thursday’s workshops will cover such issues as electronic resources for managing safety and health programs, what to do if encountering a clandestine drug lab, devising an action plan for Homeland Security and the fall-out of an occupational disaster on its community.

Cost for the conference is $95 at the door. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

The Governor, the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Washington Department of Labor & Industries sponsor the conference.

More information and a schedule of events is available at www.LNI.wa.gov/wisha/gov-conf/.

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For media information: Jim Knutsen, 360-902-5402 or knuj235@lni.wa.gov

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