Aug. 27, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
MADISON, Wis. -- The four Wisconsin offices of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are offering a one-day training conference scheduled for September 9 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., to advise professional caregivers on how to avoid ergonomic injuries, falls and work-related illnesses.
The conference, to begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:15 p.m. CDT at the Chula Vista Resort, is the third in as many years created by OSHA's Wisconsin offices in a continuing effort to help caregivers understand how to protect themselves and work safely as they help others. Registration is available on the Web site of the Wisconsin Health Care Association, one of several co-sponsors for the conference, at www.whca.com (click on "Education & Events Calendar").
"It's imperative that we reach out to these special people who care for our loved ones," said OSHA Area Director Kimberley Stille in Madison. "This effort will provide health care employees with the information they need to return home safe and healthy at the end of the workday."
The National Continuing Education Review Service has reviewed and approved the program for educational credit. The conference was designed with the cooperation of professional associations and state and federal agencies, as well as several insurance agencies concerned with nursing and long-term care facilities.
Nursing homes and residential care facilities employ approximately 2.8 million employees at 21,000 worksites nationwide. Many nursing home tasks require considerable lifting and other strenuous physical labor. Historically, the injury rate for employees in these facilities is double the injury rate for all full time employees in other occupations.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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