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Region 1 USDL 04-998-BOS/BOS 2004-135
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

ATTN: Business News/Calendar Editors
OSHA to Hold Workplace Violence Conference for New England Employers

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Helping New England employers reduce employees' exposure to workplace violence is the goal of a free conference to be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.

"This conference will provide guidance and information from government, law enforcement and private-sector professionals," said Roland E. Morin, OSHA's area director for central and western Massachusetts. "It will help employers develop effective means to recognize and address the possibility of violence in their workplaces."

Sponsored by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Western New England College, the conference will feature representatives of OSHA, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Service, the Springfield Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety, Smith & Wesson, and Longview Associates.

Presenters will address a variety of workplace violence topics, including: defining workplace violence, conflict resolution, policies and procedures for handling workplace violence incidents, the interaction of domestic violence and workplace violence, OSHA's role and resources, strategies and practices to prevent violent incidents, post-incident procedures, and the December 2000 slaying of seven workers at Edgewater Technology Co. in Wakefield, Mass.

Homicide is the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were 609 workplace homicides in 2002 in the U.S., out of a total of 5,524 fatal work injuries. Additional information about workplace violence is available on OSHA's website at

There is no charge for the conference; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. To register, call (413) 782-1561 or fax to (413) 796-2312. To obtain more information, call Nelson Barnes of OSHA at (413) 785-0123. The conference will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 P.M. in Sleith Hall. Brenda Garton, Director of College Relations and Community Outreach for Western New England College, will serve as emcee.

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and promoting the health and safety of America's workers. In fiscal year 2003, OSHA's training programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration reached more than 300,000 employers and workers.

WHAT: OSHA Conference on Workplace Violence
WHERE: Western New England College - Sleith Hall
1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield, Mass.
WHEN: Wed., July 21, 2004, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Registration: 7:30 a.m.)
TO REGISTER: Contact Marj at (413) 782-1561, or fax registration form to (413) 796-2312


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