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March 25, 2004

Tacoma workshops to focus on youth safety in restaurants

TUMWATER - Workshops to teach restaurant managers and supervisors how to prevent injuries to their young workers will be held April 18 and 20 in Tacoma. The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) are jointly sponsoring the sessions.

The free “Supervising for Safety” workshops will be held during the Northwest Foodservice Show at the Tacoma Dome. The April 18 workshop will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the April 20 session will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Registration for the Northwest Foodservice Show is required to attend the workshops, and show registration is free until April 2 at www.FoodshowNW.com.

The workshop training is intended to prevent slips and falls, cuts, contusions, burns and sprains to young workers in restaurants. Those injuries account for more than 85 percent of all injuries in the restaurant industry, which employs up to 50 percent of teenage workers. The workshops also cover teen labor laws, as well as general injury-prevention strategies that are useful for workers of all ages.

Space for the Tacoma workshops is limited. To register, contact Mary Miller, occupational health nurse at L&I, at 360-902-6041 or mmar235@LNI.wa.gov.

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The Department of Labor & Industries and the Washington Restaurant Association are sponsoring two workshops in Tacoma to teach restaurant managers and supervisors how to prevent injuries to their young workers.

The workshops will be held April 18 and 20 during the Northwest Foodservice Show at the Tacoma Dome.

For more information on the free workshops, called “Supervising for Safety,” call 360-902-6041.

 

For media information: Steve Pierce, L&I, 360-902-5412 or piet235@LNI.wa.gov, or Joan Hitchens, WRA, 800-225-7166 or news@wrahome.com. An occupational health nurse at L&I who is an expert on teen safety in the workplace is available for print, TV and radio interviews.

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