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June 1, 2007

UI to Host Safety Conference Wednesday, June 27

University of Iowa Facilities Management will host a Safety Best Practices Conference on Wednesday, June 27 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. The all-day conference will showcase the organizations in Iowa with the best practices in safety, bringing together businesses, business agents and associations, regulators and university staff who are invested in adopting and sustaining practices that promote a safe workplace.

"June is National Safety Month," says Joe Brinson, program associate in UI Facilities Management. "It's a good time to learn more about best practices in workplace safety, or to share your success with the community."

There are still openings in the safety-related exhibition and vendor display space for examples of best practices and leadership, as well as for presentations throughout the day. For more information about the event, including registration, see:

The conference, now in its third year, began as a learning opportunity for UI facilities management staff. The conference has grown, largely because of the responses from presenters and participants, who said they benefited from the insights from contractors, manufacturers, transporters, insurers, university units and partners.

The conference is sponsored by a number of partners, including the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety, AFSCME, UI Wellness, Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Consultation and Education, UI Health Protection Office, UI Risk Management, Van Meter Inc., and UI Facilities Management.

Presenters at the conference will include representatives of Rockwell, Monsanto, AFSCME International and IOSH Education and Consultation Division of Iowa Workforce Development, UI College of Engineering, UI Facilities Management, among others. Last year, over 300 attendees included representatives of the City of Cedar Rapids, City of Davenport, City of Iowa City, Iowa Department of Transportation, Victor Plastics, Inc., Gazette Communications, Lenox Manufacturing, Nordstrom Direct, B.G. Brecke, Heinz Quality Chef Foods, and Iowa State University, among others.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Wendy Moorehead, UI Facilities Management, 319-335-1246,; Dave Jackson, UI Facilities Management, 319-335-5062,; Joe Brinson, UI Facilities Management, 319-335-5114,; Charles Drum, University News Services, 319-384-0048,