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OSHA News Release – Region 8
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 8 News Release: USDL 03-21
Thursday, April 24, 2003
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302
Associations to Present "Safety Fest of the West" May 7-8 in Denver
Training Sessions Offered in Both English and Spanish
DENVER -- Providing affordable training to front line workers and supervisors as a way of reducing the number of injuries, illnesses and fatalities in construction and general industry in Colorado is the focal point of a two-day safety and health training conference and exhibition May 7 & 8 in Denver.
Co-sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in partnership with several Colorado associations and consultation and training organizations, the "SafetyFest of the West" will be held at the Denver Merchandise Mart, (I-25 & 58th Avenue) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day. SafetyFest is being held in conjunction with the 2003 Rocky Mountain Industrial & Machine Tools Show.
"Cooperative efforts such as this one in Colorado encourage businesses to develop and maintain effective safety and health programs," said U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao. "They are a key element of the Labor Department's compliance assistance efforts."
Training sessions will be offered in both English and Spanish with general industry and management courses on May 7 and construction industry courses on May 8.
"SafetyFest this year will address hazards causing the most injuries and illnesses in manufacturing, maintenance operations and, in many cases, construction-related activities," said Adam Finkel, OSHA regional administrator in Denver. "Course selection was based on Colorado and national injury statistics."
Course offerings include sessions on: Ergonomics of Lifting and Carrying; Fall Protection; Respiratory Hazards and Noise; Scaffolding; Trenching and Excavating; Flammable & Combustible Materials; Handheld Power-Operated Tools and Equipment; Electrical Safety; Confined Spaces; OSHA Recordkeeping; and Emergency Preparedness. A special class on Defensive Driving will be held only on May 7 and will include practice on a driving simulator.
Registration for the training event is $30 per day before April 30 or $35 per day after May 1 or at-the-door and includes a choice of four training events scheduled for that day, entry to the exhibit hall, morning coffee and pastries, a box lunch and a ticket for the afternoon raffle of safety equipment and other prizes. Register on-line at http://www.tradeshowswest.com/rmimt/rmimt.htm or call 1-800-794-3706.
Along with OSHA, co-sponsors include: American Society of Safety Engineers, Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors of Colorado, Colorado Contractors Association, Inc., Colorado OSHA Consultation Program at CSU, Hispanic Contractors of Colorado, Pinnacol Assurance and the Rocky Mountain Education Center OSHA Training Institute.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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