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Monday, February 28, 2005

Washington, D.C. – A new human resources track with a special session on workplace violence will be featured at the upcoming AMI Foundation Worker Safety, Health & Human Resources Conference, April 3-5, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

The conference is the premier educational opportunity for safety and human resources professionals in the meat and poultry industry.

The Human Resources track includes "Conflict Resolution – Zero Tolerance for Threat Behaviors" with John Byrnes, president of Center for Aggression Management; "Recognizing At-Risk Behavior(s) as Part of Incident Investigation," with Dennis Davis, Ph.D., of The HELP Center; "Managing an EEO Audit," with Brian Nolan, partner, Nolan, Olson, Hansen Law Firm; and "Human Resources and the Law," with Cheryl Martin of the Atlanta Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Extensive safety and security programming also will be featured, including "Blueprint for an Efficient Safety Management System," with Tim Newquist of Kraft Foods; Advanced Machine Guarding with Eric Reynolds, manager of safety/ergonomics, and Bob Sickler, safety/security supervisor, both from Taylor, an Excel Foods Solutions Company; and "The 3 Ps of Security: Plants, Premises & Personnel," with Kort Dickson, senior security manager, Kraft Foods.

Regina Barker, executive director of Practical Ergonomics, will moderate a panel discussion, "Ergonomics- Understanding and Applying the Evolving Science." Participants will learn how to integrate ergonomics proactively into overall safety efforts.

Also during the conference, AMI Foundation's Safety Recognition Awards, administered by the National Safety Council, will be presented to recognize outstanding achievements in workplace safety.

Other conference highlights include:
• General session featuring Bruce Wilkinson, CSP, workplace trainer and expert in safety engineering and occupational safety and health;
• Annual Occupational Safety and Health Administration update by Neil Wasser, partner at Constangy, Brooks and Smith;
• Total of 16 education sessions that will be repeated to ensure maximum learning opportunities;
• Extensive problem-solving and brainstorming opportunities with fellow industry colleagues.
To register for the conference, go to www.meatinstitute.org. To make a hotel reservation in time for the discounted room rate of $155, call the Hyatt Regency Atlanta directly at 404/577-1234 by March 8. Be sure to mention AMI to secure the conference discount.

For more information about the conference, contact AMI's Director of Education and Professional Development Marie DeLucia at 202/587-4228.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Sr. VP, Public Affairs
Ayoka Blandford
Manager, Public Affairs

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