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Safety and Health for the Limited-English-Speaking Workforce: Challenges & Successes

Held June 9th, 2006

Ambridge Event Center
300 N.E. Multnomah St.
Portland, Oregon 97232

Target Audience: Business Owners; Health & Safety Managers; Human Resource Personnel; Health & Safety Consultants; Safety Committee Members

Symposium Presentations

Opening Remarks
Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH, Occupational Safety & Health Specialist, CROET

Culture and Safety
Tomas Schwabe, Training Specialist, Oregon OSHA
presentation (PPT)     handouts (PPT)

Training & Communication: Challenges and Strategies
Salvador Zamudio, Owner, Applied Growth Transitions
presentation (PPT)

Success Stories
Scott Eave, Vice President of Human Resources, Gunderson Inc.;
Gary Stonewall, Corporate Safety Director, R&H Construction;
Vickie Kibler, Owner, Wendy's Restaurants (Wilsonville, McMinnville, Newberg, Sedona AZ)

Employer Resources
Christy Witzke, State Agency Operations Supervisor, SAIF Corporation
presentation (PPT)

Success Story Break-out Session by Industry (Word format)
Construction/Landscaping, Agriculture/Nurseries, Hospitality, Manufacturing

Training Effectiveness
W. Kent Anger, PhD, Associate Director and Senior Scientist, CROET

Panel Discussion

Other Symposium Resources

A simple English-Russian dictionary (PDF), provided by Gunderson.

The Culture of Safety, provided by Customized Workforce Training at Portland Community College. A bilingual safety training program in PDF format, presented in English combined with one of the following languages: Laotian, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

CROET Symposium web resources (Word format) on language, culture and safety

Symposium Planning Committee

Jack Davis, Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Chuck Easterly, SAIF Corporation
Jeff Graham, CLP, OLCA Safety Committee Chair
Byron Johnson, Gunderson Inc.
Mary Lewis, Oregon Employment Dept.
Dede Montgomery, CROET
Joan Rothlein, CROET
Sula Rozenfeld, Gunderson Inc.
Tomas Schwabe, OR-OSHA
Gary Stonewall, R&H Construction
Christy Witzke, SAIF Corporation

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