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Region 5 News Release: 08-1140-CHI
Aug. 27, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA to host training conference on safe resident/patient handling for caregivers

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 ap