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Safety and health calendar features real Washington workers, businesses

TUMWATER – The Department of Labor & Industries’ 2011 workplace calendar, “Keep Washington Safe and Working,” will be available later this month, featuring real workers in real jobs across Washington state, from tulip fields in Skagit Valley to a vineyard in Pasco.

“We want employers to see real-world examples of Washington businesses handling typical workplace hazards effectively and in a way that any company can replicate,” said Bruce Zeller, education and outreach services manager for L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

DOSH produces the calendar each year as part of its ongoing mission to promote workplace safety and health, typically making the calendars available just prior to the annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference. The conference is being held this year on Sept. 29 and 30 in Spokane.

Some safety and health issues addressed in the calendar include workplace violence, fall protection, flagging, bloodborne pathogens, respirator use, and outdoor heat exposure.

The 2011 calendar also offers suggested topics for the safety and health meetings that businesses are required to hold with employees.

Several businesses across the state assisted in making this year’s calendar by allowing L&I to photograph workers on the job, including: Providence St. Peter Hospital, Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards, Tenaska Operations, Washington Bulb Farm, New Market Skills Center, Washington State Patrol Fire Protection Bureau, Absolute Solutions roofing, Trident Seafoods, Pierce County Public Works, TMX Aerospace, Village Market, and Nucor Steel.

The calendars are free to Washington state businesses while supplies last. They will be available to order after Sept. 13. Send an e-mail with your name, company name, mailing address and telephone number to SHVideo@lni.wa.gov. To order by phone, call 1-800-574-9881. Limited quantities will be available in local L&I offices after Sept. 30.

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For media information: Hector Castro, L&I, 360-902-6043.

Broadcast version: It’s never too early to get your calendar for next year. The 2011 safety and health calendar produced annually by the Department of Labor and Industries will be available Sept. 13. This year’s calendar features real workers across the state, including a woman who owns a roofing business in Auburn and a farm laborer harvesting tulips in Skagit Valley. The free calendars will be available at any L&I office or call 1-800-574-9881.

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