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CWU Hosts Statewide Training for Safety and Health Professionals

Central Washington University on Friday will welcome an estimated 60 safety and health professionals from throughout Washington State for a first-of-its kind conference.

The day of professional development, titled Safety Professionals and Soft Skills, qualifies for continuing education credits. The conference features speakers Kathy Hagler, PhD, and Marcus Mann. Members of CWU’s student section of the American Society of Safety Engineers will lead a presentation on smartphone apps for the safety industry and offer tours of CWU’s impressive Hogue Technology Building. Safety industry vendors will showcase their products at booths throughout the day.

Hagler’s talk will focus on meeting management. Hagler is a nationally recognized authority on continuous improvement, quality planning, and organizational coaching. She founded the Technology Exchange Center in Orange County, California.

Mann’s talk will focus on motivation and field leadership. Mann is an author and facilitator with his company Sound Productions. He has 20 years of experience in public safety where he served as commander of Washington’s Hostage Negotiations Team, manager of a police academy, a critical incident stress counselor, and more.

CWU’s Safety and Health Management Program has never hosted such a conference in its 40-year history, said professor Sathyanarayanan Rajendran, coordinator of CWU’s Safety and Health Management Program. Industry professionals often have to travel to the Seattle area to get similar training, he said. Ellensburg offers a convenient location for people coming from central and eastern Washington.

“If it takes off, it’s going to be an annual event,” Rajendran said.

The ASSE Puget Sound Chapter and CWU’s ASSE student section organized the conference, which is planned from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday in the Hogue Technology Building. Registration is $75 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch. Register online at or on site the day of the conference.

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