FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2005

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


Small Business Health and Safety Training Resources Offered to Owners
and Managers of Small Restaurants

OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has released a package of training resources for owners and managers of small restaurants in the State of California. Participants will receive health and safety training materials that they can use with their employees.

The Small Business Resources Program is part of the Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) administered by CHSWC in partnership with the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley and the Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. This program helps restaurant owners and managers provide a one-hour safety training for employees. The training engages workers in a safety program by helping them to identify ways to prevent injuries in their own workplace. Because the training can be tailored to the participantsí specific restaurant, employees learn how to identify health and safety hazards in their own workplace and find solutions to those hazards. The training also helps ensure that small businesses are aware of Cal/OSHA compliance requirements.

The package of health and safety training materials for this program include a short, easy-to-use training guide to engage restaurant workers in identifying and controlling health and safety hazards in their workplace, a Safety Orientation Checklist to prepare new workers to be aware of hazards, and Tip Sheets on preventing injuries from common restaurant hazards, including hot surfaces, knives and other cutting hazards, slips and falls, ergonomic hazards, and robberies and assaults.

CHSWC is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. The Commission was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about the small business health and safety training resources offered to owners and managers of restaurants is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc, by writing to Christine Baker, CHSWC Executive Officer, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, California 94612, or by calling (510) 622-3959.

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