California State Fund to Host Safety Training Seminars

October 16, 2006

California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund will sponsor a comprehensive safety seminar in Redding, Calif., on Oct. 18, and a restaurant supervisor safety-training program in Monterey Park, Calif., on Oct. 18.

The comprehensive safety seminar, which is free to State Fund policyholders and the general public, will focus on safety basics, as well as Cal/OSHA citations and consultation.

Featured speakers at the seminar include James Boretti, certified safety professional (CSP) and CEO/President of Boretti Inc.; Lisa Prince, an attorney at the Walter Law Firm, and David D. Strickler, senior safety engineer for Cal/OSHA Consultation Service.

In the first part of the seminar, “Getting Back to Basics with Safety,” Boretti will give attendees an overview of how to create and implement an effective safety program for their worksites. Topics in this section include:

-Taking control of your safety program
-Making a safety program effective
-Setting safety and health goals
-Aligning safety with company objectives

During the second portion of the seminar, “How Employers Can Address Serious Cal/OSHA Citations,” Prince will explain to employers how they should respond to serious Cal/OSHA citations and penalties. She will focus on:

-Evaluating the hidden costs and risks of a Cal/OSHA citation
-Preparing for a Cal/OSHA inspection
-How to successfully get through the inspection process
-How to navigate the Cal/OSHA appeals process

The final part of the seminar, “Cal/OSHA Consultation Today,” will give employers the opportunity to learn how Cal/OSHA Consultation can be of assistance to their businesses. Strickler will explain the services available to help employers identify the main causes of occupational injuries and illnesses. Seminar attendees will also find out about the types of injuries and illnesses primarily impacting the Redding area.

The comprehensive seminar is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center, 1900 Hilltop Drive in Redding. Registration and complimentary continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. To register, call Jennifer Enriquez at 530-223-7139, or send a fax to 530-223-7166. To register via e-mail, send a message to jlenriquez@scif.com.

The restaurant supervisor seminar seminar is designed to help restaurant managers work with their staffs to create comprehensive health and safety plans. The seminar will also examine how restaurant policyholders can meet Cal/OSHA’s illness and injury prevention requirements.

The featured speaker for the program will be Deogracia Cornelio, associate director of education for UCLA’s Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program.

The workshop will:
-Feature a one-hour safety training tailored to individual restaurants.
-Engage workers in safety programs.
-Identify ways to prevent injuries.

Workshop participants will receive educational materials including a restaurant safety-training guide, safety tip sheets, a safety orientation checklist, a model shoe policy, and fact sheets that address issues of concern when employing teens in restaurants.

The seminar is scheduled from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at State Fund’s Monterey Park District Office, 900 Corporate Center Drive. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and free parking is available. Refreshments will be served at the event. To register, call Nancy Perrah at 323-981-6756, or send a fax to 323-266-5543. To register via e-mail, send a message to: restaurantsafety@scif.com.

The event is hosted by State Fund’s Monterey Park District Office in partnership with the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at U.C. Berkeley and UCLA’s Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (LOSH), with support from the California Restaurant Association (CRA). The event is funded by the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation. This program is part of the Commission’s Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP).

The Monterey Park seminar is part of a series of educational programs State Compensation Insurance Fund is holding throughout the state in order to help employers create safe workplaces. State Fund has the largest safety and health services program among California workers’ compensation insurance carriers.

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