VA Palo Alto Hosts 2015 National OSHA Safety Stand Down for Bay Area (May 6)

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VA Palo Alto Health Care System is proud to support the 2015 OSHA National Safety Stand Down by hosting an awareness and education event at its Palo Alto Division on May 6, 2015, from 9:00 am -12:15 pm.

2015 National Safety Stand Down Poster

2015 National Safety Stand Down Poster

Safety pays, falls cost. With the amount of construction occurring on our campuses, this could not be a better time to raise awareness and provide training.

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With over 20 construction projects throughout its campuses, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System is proud to support the 2015 OSHA National Safety Stand Down. The health care system will be hosting an awareness and education event to provide fall protection training and safety information at its Palo Alto Division on May 6, 2015, from 9:00 am -12:15 pm.

Contractors and VA employees from all over the Bay Area will be in attendance for a special presentation from OSHA Area Director David Shiraishi, who will be discussing the importance of fall protection. Other speakers include Safety, Green Environmental Management Systems (GEMS) and Infection Control subject matter experts.

“Safety pays, falls cost. With the amount of construction occurring on our campuses, this could not be a better time to raise awareness and provide training,” said Steven Elliott, Chief of Engineering and Safety Service at VA Palo Alto.

According to OSHA, falls are the number one leading cause of construction deaths, accounting for over 36 percent of construction fatalities in 2013. VAPAHCS takes safety seriously with daily construction site inspections, executive safety rounds conducted every Thursday by a multidisciplinary team, and employees are encouraged to raise any safety concerns during daily huddles.

Who: Press, safety professionals and construction workers are all welcome to attend
What: 2015 OSHA National Safety Stand Down
Where: VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
When: Wednesday, May 6, from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Media are asked to RSVP to Michael(dot)Hill-Jackson(at)va(dot)gov or by calling 650-444-7380.

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The VA Palo Alto Health Care System consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore, Calif. Also, there are seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, Sonora and Fremont, Calif. These nationally-recognized facilities provide award-winning medical care and cutting-edge technology. Along with its academic affiliate at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the more than 6,200 staff and volunteers operate nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary, showing its more than 85,000 enrolled Veterans that they are “Serving those who Served.”

For more information about the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, please visit http://www.paloalto.va.gov.

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