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P R E S S    R E L E A S E  -  -                               September 8, 2015

For more info: (518) 563-1000              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



      The North Country Chamber of Commerce has announced record setting service levels over the past year for its Workplace Safety Training Program. The Chamber has been the leading source of safety training for employers and contractors in the region for fifteen years as part of a partnership with the New York State Hazard Abatement Board, a division of the State Labor Department.

      Under the program, the Chamber offers a wide variety of affordable safety workshops and seminars, as well as on site training for employers with special needs. In addition, the Chamber maintains a free Safety Lending Library of videos, DVD's and other informational materials.

      The program year runs from September through August, and a review of the last twelve months shows the following performance levels:

      * 3,403 people received training, 1,880 more than the program's goal and 1,107 more than the previous year.

* 161 training sessions were conducted, 51 more than the previous year.

      * 467.5 instructional hours were offered, 58.75 hours more than the previous year.

      The Safety Program is a special service of the North Country Industrial Council, a division of the North Country Chamber, and is available to employers of all kinds throughout Clinton, Franklin, Essex and Hamilton Counties. It is the only Chamber sponsored safety program of its kind in New York State, and is designed to bring affordable safety training to the North Country which otherwise would only be available in metro areas like Albany, Syracuse and Boston. The Chamber's Safety Committee, which connects safety managers from companies around the region, oversees the identification of needs and targeted topics.

      The 2015-16 program year is now fully underway with workshops scheduled through next summer. For more information on the service and upcoming offerings, call Becky Manor at (518) 563-1000 or visit

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