Health forum for small businesses Oct. 29

Auora, Ill.—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a forum for safety, health and wellness for small businesses in northern Illinois from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Rock Valley College’s Stenstrom Center, 4151 Samuelson Rd., Rockford.

Safety and health professionals from the private sector and government will discuss accident investigations, workplace violence, electrical hazards, worker’s compensation and other safety topics.

Fee for the forum is $75, which includes lunch and refreshments. Advance registration is required. A registration form may be obtained by calling Rock Valley College’s Small Business Development Center at 815-921-2071.

“The Labor Department’s goal is to do everything we can to help employers and workers prevent job injuries and illnesses by making their workplaces safer,” said Michael G. Connors, OSHA’s regional administrator in Chicago. “OSHA is committed to providing useful and timely assistance to help the small business community understand and comply with safety standards.”

The forum will offer a special three-hour session on safety and health for the Spanish-speaking worker and a three-hour session on young workers. Employers may participate in a free wellness checkup that will include body fat analysis, blood pressure and total cholesterol.

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