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Region 5 News Release: 06-295-chi
Feb. 17, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: 312-353-6976

Annual Workplace Safety and Health Day in Peoria Offers a Variety of Employer Guides to Protecting Workers

PEORIA, Ill. -- Making and keeping the workplace healthy and safe is the focus of the 15th annual Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Day (DIOSHDay), slated for March 1, 2006, at the Peoria Civic Center.

A wealth of information on workplace safety and health issues will be discussed and made available for employers, workers and the general public, according to John Newquist, area director in Peoria for the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

This year's conference highlights safe approaches to some of industry's toughest workplace issues, with presentations on workplace cancer prevention, injury and illness trends, safe work practices in confined spaces, and often-cited OSHA workplace violations.

Breakout sessions on respiratory protection, lock-out/tag-out techniques, forklift safety, the hazards of hot work near petroleum storage tanks, and more will provide ways to prevent tragedy. A mini health fair will offer blood pressure and heart rate screening, glucose levels testing, and other valuable health screening services.

The daylong conference opens for registration at 7:00 a.m. CST and continues with workshops and breakout sessions until 4:00 p.m. It offers safety professionals in downstate Illinois the chance to network with hundreds of their peers and to learn about resources available to businesses and employers.

"The conference provides the best opportunity of the year to get questions answered and issues resolved on the spot," said Newquist. More than 50 exhibitors will join governmental and nonprofit organizations in demonstrating useful and innovative products and services designed to meet workplace safety and health goals.

Exhibit area hours are from 7:00 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. the day of the conference, which is jointly sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers Central Illinois Chapter; American Industrial Hygiene Association, Prairie Section; Greater Peoria Contractors and Suppliers Association, Inc.; the Illinois Department of Labor; OSHA's Peoria area office; and the Tri-County Construction Labor-Management Council.

Registration and additional information may be obtained by calling 1-877-DIOSH-DAY or by visiting the Web site at

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