Region 1 News Release: BOS 99-218
Tuesday, November 30, 1999
Contact: John M. Chavez
PHONE: (617) 565-2075
ADVISORY FOR BUSINESS NEWS EDITOR / BUSINESS CALENDAR EDITOR
OSHA SCHEDULES SMALL BUSINESS FORUM IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS TO HELP SMALL NEW ENGLAND COMPANIES MEET THEIR WORKPLACE SAFETY & HEALTH OBLIGATIONS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor will hold a forum in Springfield, Massachusetts, specifically for the benefit of small businesses in New England on Thursday, January 13, 2000.
According to Ruth McCully, New England Regional Administrator for OSHA, the Western Massachusetts Small Business Forum will take place on that date from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Western New England College, St. Germain Campus Center, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, Massachusetts. The program, entitled "OSHA and Small Business: New Ways of Working," will showcase information and services available to help small businesses improve workplace safety and health.
McCully noted that the forum is being co-sponsored by the Springfield OSHA Area Office, the Safety Council of Western Massachusetts and the Region I Chapter of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants Association. Registration for the program, which is FREE, is being handled by the Safety Council for Western Mass. Interested companies may register by phone by calling the Safety Council's Executive Director Cathy Anton at 413-783-1632, or on-line at: http://www.scwm.org.
The half-day program will include a panel of occupational safety and health professionals who can answer employers' questions about occupational safety and health programs and services. Issues to be discussed will include:
- Compliance policies and assistance for small businesses;
- Sources of technical advice, including demonstrations of new OSHA Expert Advisor programs;
- Partnership opportunities for small businesses including Consultation and Voluntary Protection Programs.
In addition, a demonstration booth showcasing OSHA's Internet Home Page (www.OSHA.gov) and the OSHA Expert Advisor systems will be available to participants.
According to McCully, this forum will also announce the kickoff of occupational safety and health breakfast events to be held at the Safety Council of Western Mass. on the second Wednesday of the months February through May 2000, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The topics for the first breakfast event on Feb. 9, 2000, are fire safety and violence in the workplace.
Said McCully, "We hope that small employers throughout New England will take advantage of this opportunity to learn how easy it can be to get the help they need in order to meet their obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act."
Again, interested employers can register for the January 13 forum by calling 413-783-1632 or on-line at http://www.scwm.org.
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