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Chamber launches safety training program

— The North Country Chamber of Commerce has launched an extensive series of seminars and workshops on a wide variety of workplace safety subjects that will take place through summer of 2012.

Among the seminar and workshop topics for the next 12 months are the following: 10 Hour OSHA Construction; Snowplow Safety Refresher; Electrical Arc Blast/NFPA 70E; Asbestos Awareness; Safety for Supervisors; Developing an Effective Safety Training Program; Chemical Safety; 10 Hour OSHA General Industry; Confined Spaces; Identifying Fire Hazards; Job Safety Analysis; Violence in the Workplace/Sexual Harassment; Employee Emergency Action Plans; Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls; Machine Guarding; Hazard Communication; Recording and Reporting Injuries; How the Body Works: Back Safety; Eye, Face, Hand, Foot and Head Safety; Lock Out/Tag Out; Safe Materials Handling and Storage; and Cumulative Trauma Disorders.

The workshops have been made possible through a longstanding partnership between the chamber of commerce and the New York State Occupational Safety and Health Hazard Abatement Board, allowing the North Country Chamber to serve as the leading source of workplace safety training programs in the region. The chamber conducted 81 separate training sessions in the previous program year, involving a total of 1,626 trainees.

In addition, the chamber can potentially arrange for tailored safety programs on-site to meet a company's special needs, and can help to find potential businesses with similar needs so training can be shared. The chamber also maintains and annually updates an extensive Lending Library of videos, DVDs and other safety training resources which can be borrowed for free by chamber members.

 Safety workshops and training services are offered to employers throughout Clinton, Franklin, Essex and Hamilton counties. For more information, visit www.northcountrychamber.com or call 563-1000.

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