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DOL’s Wage & Workplace Standards Division Hosts National Young Worker Safety Meeting

For immediate release
May 10, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, May 10 – The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Wage & Workplace Standards will host a National Young Worker Safety Meeting May 15-16 at the Homewood Suites, Farmington.

The two-day event will be attended by employees and officials associated with Wage and Workplace Standards, Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), and public health from Connecticut and the states of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

According to Gary K. Pechie, Director of the Agency’s Division of Wage & Workplace Standards, the two-day meeting will offer a wide range of workshops on a variety of topics pertaining to keeping young workers safe in the workplace.

“This event provides neighboring states the opportunity to share new strategies as we develop programs designed to keep young people safe in the workplace,” Pechie noted. “The National Young Worker Safety Meeting, held in a different location along the eastern seaboard each year, provides the chance to discuss current trends, the issues now facing us, and best practices in the workplace. We will also compare notes with member states to see what others are doing in terms of employer education programs and effective enforcement strategies.”

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. May 15 and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 16. Workshops being presented at the conference will examine OSHA’s education series being offered in the vocation and technical schools, reaching out to young workers with disabilities, effective ways to utilize the local and national data on teen injuries, and the new advances regarding online learning.

Employees from the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Wage & Workplace Standards will share their ideas with other states in a workshop titled Model Practices in Work-Placement Programs.

The National Young Worker Safety Meeting is supported by an OSHA Susan B. Harwood grant to the Young Worker Safety Resource Center, the Connecticut Department of Labor, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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