FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2006-15
Thursday, April 6, 2006

CONTACT:
Dean Fryer
Renée Bacchini
(415) 703-5050
Internet: http://www.dir.ca.gov


Workplace safety issues addressed in forum on disaster preparedness

South San Francisco - The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) and the Division of Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA), along with the RAND Corporation will hold a conference titled "Forum on Catastrophe Preparedness: Partnering to Protect Workplaces".

Timed to coincide with the centennial anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the Forum will provide to employers, employees, insurers, safety professionals, and the public up to date relevant information on disaster and catastrophe preparedness.

Who: Guest speakers include:
Henry Renteria, Director, Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Max Kiefer, Assistant Director for Emergency Preparedness, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
Richard Baum, Chief Deputy Commissioner, California Department of Insurance
Robert Samaan, Deputy Director, California Office of Homeland Security
Harvey Ryland, President & CEO, Institute for Business & Home Safety and Former Deputy Director of FEMA
Deborah Gold, Avian Influenza Preparedness Program Coordinator, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, DIR
Keynote Speaker
Hemant Shah, President and CEO, Risk Management Solutions
When: Friday, April 7, 2006
8:00am - 5:15pm.
Where: The South San Francisco Conference Center
255 South Airport Boulevard
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Background: One hundred years after the catastrophic earthquake of 1906, earthquake risk and the risk of other catastrophes including terrorism continue to loom large for Californians and the nation. We have learned from September 11 the risk of a catastrophe while people are at work and the risks to the workers who respond. To mitigate the risks, urgent attention of employers, workers and policymakers is needed. This conference will bring together leaders in homeland security, emergency response and occupational safety and health to discuss preparedness for catastrophic risks in the workplace.

For information about the forum speakers and a copy of the agenda visit our web site at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/chswc/safetyconference2006.html or public registration at http://www.rand.org/events/catastrophe_prep.html

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