Cal/OSHA, Labor and Management Offer Safety Workshop October 2-3

       Cal/OSHA, Labor and Management Offer Safety Workshop October 2-3

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cal/OSHA Consultation
will partner with labor and businesses to present "A Guide to Safety
Excellence," a two-day workshop October 2-3 at the San Francisco State
Building, 455 Golden Gate Ave.

The workshop in the Milton Marks Conference Center will offer practical
guidance regarding the implementation of key safety management systems, as
well as solutions to common workplace safety challenges. It will be conducted
by Cal/OSHA's California Voluntary Protection Program Star (Cal/VPP Star)
staff and representatives of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants'
Association (VPPPA). Cal/VPP Star members have been recognized by Cal/OSHA
Consultation as employers and labor who implemented comprehensive and
effective safety and health programs.

"Cal/OSHA and labor and business have forged a strong working relationship on
the vital subject of workplace safety," said Christine Baker, Director of the
Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). The Division of Occupational Safety
and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, is a division of DIR. "This
workshop will offer expertise from both and can literally save lives through a
combination of preventative best practices, education and prevention."

"This is a chance for the public to learn how the experts reduce injuries and
illness in the workplace," added Acting Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum.

Representatives from Cal/VPP sites will share their experiences and
consultants will review the evaluation process. Topics at the workshop include
machine guarding, accident analysis, contractor safety, self-inspection, and
lessons learned from accidents.

Attendees are encouraged to register online for the workshop, as space is

"This workshop is what the Voluntary Protection Program is all about," said
Terry J. Schulte of Nustar Energy LP in Elk Grove and chair of VPPPA Region
IX's board of directors."The VPPPA welcomes the opportunity to partner with
Cal/OSHA to help educate all California workers and employers on ways to
improve safety."

"Through conferences, education, networking and mentoring, VPPPA members
strengthen their safety programs, protecting workers and building trust at all
levels," said Harvey Duran, VPP coordinator for Phillips 66 in Rodeo and
member of International Association of Machinists 1584. "The association's
Labor and Management Committee supports this mission by offering mediation
services to worksites experiencing disputes and for members to discuss
relevant issues at their workplaces."

The Cal/OSHA Consultation Program partners with industry leaders who are
active participants in the Cal/VPP to offer workshops to the public, current
VPP members and employers who wish to achieve VPP-level excellence.

"A Guide to Safety Excellence" will be held in memory of Craig Marshall, a
dedicated VPP team member who passed away on September 3, 2006.

For media inquiries contact Erika Monterroza at (510) 286-1164 or Peter Melton
at (510) 286-7046

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