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Alaska Occupational Safety And Health To Hold Safety Month Seminar

Jun. 8, 2018
No. 18-24

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Governor Bill Walker proclaimed June as Safety Month in Alaska, which coincides with the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month. Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) is joining thousands of organizations across the country to raise awareness about safety in the workplace and at home.

This year, AKOSH is partnering with University of Alaska Risk Services to host a one-day seminar on safety related topics. The seminar is best suited for supervisors, managers, and employers who seek to gain a better understanding of the topics that will be covered. Certificates of attendance will be distributed to seminar particpants.

Recordkeeping Requirements

This presentation will provide an overview of the general recordkeeping requirements, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300 forms, variances, OSHA’s Recordkeeping Advisor tool, and a review of the Injury Tracking Application used to submit electronic injury and illness records to OSHA.

Whistleblower Act

AKOSH enforces the Alaska statute prohibiting unlawful retaliation against employees engaged in protected occupational safety or health activity. Whistleblower discrimination encompasses more than just being terminated. The presentation will cover the Alaska statue regarding whistleblowers, elements of valid work refusal, what constitutes discrimination, and common whistleblower misconceptions.

The Opioid Epidemic

With the legalization of marijuana and the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, it is important for employers to establish and maintain drug free workplace programs. Drug free workplaces are an integral component to workplace safety and there are several important factors for employers to consider in maintaining a drug free work environment. The presentation will discuss best practices for combating marijuana and opioid abuse in the workplace.

Workers’ Compensation Return to Work Programs

One of the surest ways to reduce workers’ compensation costs is to return employees to work as quickly as possible. This presentation will focus on the fundamentals of workers’ compensation benefits and developing a return to work program to assist the injured worker and reduce employer indemnity benefits.

Date: Wednesday, June 20
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UAA Risk Services, 1815 Bragaw St., Room 102, Anchorage

Training is free, however, registration is required. To register, please contact Elaine Banda at or call 907-269-4951.