TEEX-OSHA helps educate employers on homeland security

8/7/2003 12:00 AM

About 300 attendees learned important strategies for protecting America’s workforce during the 2nd Annual OSHA Homeland Security Conference. The conference was held July 24-25 in Arlington, Texas, and was sponsored by the TEEX-OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“The conference is designed to help corporate employers understand their role in Homeland Security,” said Teresea Madden-Thompson, director of TEEX-OSHA. “Many companies need assistance in developing Emergency Action Plans—something that Federal OSHA requires.”

With the goal of assisting companies in creating safer work environments, the conference brought in 250 organizations and 22 speakers from the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency and many more.

“Essentially we showcase organizational best-practices so that attendees can pick the speaker that provides the most pertinent information to their specific needs,” said Madden-Thompson.

John Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, gave the opening session speech and requested that TEEX-OSHA hold a similar event in 2004.

Other topics addressed during the conference were Emergency Action Plans, Managing External Communications and Media, Emergency Preparedness, Chemical Safety, Employee Relations, Safety and Security Actions and more.

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