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OSHA directive will highlight MRA speech

Marina industry safety specialist Robert Smith will discuss the potential impact of a recent OSHA directive.

Marina industry safety specialist Robert Smith will discuss new information and strategies for handling the potential impact of a recent OSHA directive targeting marina and boatyard operations at the Marina Recreation Association's 44th annual Educational Conference and Trade Show.

"Marina and boatyard operators need to have a thorough understanding of OSHA regulations and compliance criteria, not only as a way to reduce injuries, but also to mitigate liability and statutory fines," Smith said. "Injury rates have risen in the marine industry, and OSHA is responding by stepping up their inspection and enforcement programs."

Occupational Safety and Health Administration fines can range from $5,000 to $80,000 per violation, which may include simply not having adequate employee training programs and appropriate documentation on file.

"Keeping our members and conference attendees up to date with new industry information, standards and trends is a key function of the Marina Recreation Association," MRA operations administrator Mariann Timms said in a statement.

The conference and trade show will be held Oct. 26-28 at The Fess Parker: A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort in Santa Barbara, Calif. The OSHA inspection and enforcement seminar will be held on the final day from 1 to 1:55 p.m. after the lunch break.

For additional information, contact Mariann Timms at (209) 334-0661 or mra@marina.org; for all of the activities at this year's conference and trade show, visit www.marina.org/2015Conference.

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