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Training event to be held by OSHA to improve federal worker safety and health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has planned a three-day training event for federal agency staff to take place July 31 to August 2, 2012. The series of seminars will help staff members that are responsible for keeping federal workers safe while on the job.

The event was developed by the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) and OSHA's Office of Federal Agency Programs, and features a series of seminars that discuss federal worker issues including ergonomics, hazard communication focused on the global harmonizing system (GHS), indoor air quality, and workplace violence. The training event was created to ensure workplace safety is equal in both federal workplaces and the private sector. Participants will learn how to implement and manage injury and illness prevention programs, and how to identify hazards that must be addressed.

There were 53 total worker deaths among federal agencies in fiscal 2010, and another 30,000 federal employees filed workers' compensation claims for injuries they received that led to time away from work.

OSHA's injury and illness prevention programs also include appropriate use of safety products, such as hard hats, fall protection, and work gloves. Provide workers with personal protective equipment and implement a diverse injury and illness prevention program to lower the risk of injury or death.