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Get help from OSHA and SBA at AWFS

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the Small Business Administration, along with its partnering group, Service Corps of Retired Executives, will exhibit July 20-23 at the AWFS fair in Las Vegas. The two groups will offer daily presentations on topics of relevance to the woodworking industry.

Each day of the show at 3 p.m. on the show floor, Art Sipple and Don Evans from the Nevada Safety Consultation & Training Section will discuss common citations for the woodworking industry and how to avoid them.

Sessions will include: General Regulations (Wednesday); Woodworking Machinery (Thursday); Hazard Communication (Friday), and Lockout/Tagout (Saturday).

Sipple and Evans will also present a seminar in the general College of Woodworking Knowledge education program called "OSHA Safety & Health Guidelines: Voluntary or Mandatory?" The course will run from 1-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20.

Joy Flack, Las Vegas area director for the Department of Labor, will also participate in the "Regulations that Affect the Woodworking Industry" panel, addressing combustible dust, the global harmonized system, injury and illness prevention and working surfaces and fall protection systems from 9-10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 22.

Flack will be joined on the panel by Dr. Marilyn Black from Greenguard, Brad Miller of Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, and Corey Connors of the Composite Panel Association. The panel will cover formaldehyde and VOC emissions, green building codes, wood fiber and government purchasing requirements for green products.

The SBA and the Service Corps of Retired Executives will share a booth and give daily presentations on "What SBA and SCORE Can do for You!" These two organizations work hand-in-hand to support small businesses in the areas of loan programs, business and financial plans, marketing, small business insurance and loss prevention, contracts and business counseling, as well as many other topics. Attendees can get timely information on new loan programs, for instance.

AWFS is offering these programs free as a service to the industry. Advance registration is required for the College of Woodworking Knowledge seminar and panel. The daily presentations on the show floor do not require registration.

For information, visit or call 800-946-2937.

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