Joint Greater San Jose & San Francisco Technical Training

Posted: Jan 16, 2019

Latest Ergonomic Trends

What’s Now, What Works, and What’s the Best Option for You!

Title: Office Relief Showroom Tour in San Leandro

Latest Ergonomic Trends What’s Now, What Works, and What’s the Best Option for You! – Part 2


If you missed our Technical Training session on January 8th in Santa Clara, here’s your chance to attend this training topic. This session will be held at the Office Relief Showroom in San Leandro, CA.

Office Relief’s Founder, Paul Blaubach, will be presenting the latest ergonomic product trends and new products being offered in the market. One of Office Relief’s biggest growth areas is Home Workers.  He will discuss how companies are dealing with this growing part of the workforce working from home.  Also, with the prices of table bases significantly more affordable, his talk will focus on options available along with some of the new desk top sit-stands that are finally ergonomically correct.  Additionally, because the ergonomic product industry is always evolving, Mr. Blaubach will introduce variety of new products like the following:

  • Ergotron WorkFit-TX Standing Desk Converter with Adjustable Drop-Down Keyboard Tray
  • Mousetrapper
  • Goldtouch Newtral 3 Medium Mouse
  • Logitech MX Vertical Mouse
  • Contour Design Unimouse
  • Penclic Mini Keyboard
  • Score Bench Height Foot Rest

Learning Objectives: Attendees will leave the presentation with new knowledge regarding:

  1. New ergonomic product offerings
  2. Basic discussion points when discussing sit/stand vs. desktop options
  3. New ergonomic peripheral products in the market


About the Presenter: Office Relief is a leader in providing ergonomic office furniture & accessories to small and large companies.  Established in 1991 by Paul Blaubach, Founder/President, his vision for Office Relief was to support the ergonomics field, health & safety professionals, and worker’s compensation insurance companies by being their one-stop shop for the best ergonomic products available on the market.  Office Relief’s ownership has a combined 70 years of experience in developing successful programs with our customers.  The requirements for success often are fast lead times, budget friendly solutions, product evaluation, training, and proper installation of the delivered solution.

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When: Tuesday February 12, 2019

Chapter Meeting Doors Open at 11:30 AM Program Starts at Noon

Where: Office Relief Showroom 516 McCormick Street San Leandro, CA 94577

COST: $28 members with reservations   

$33 non-members and members without reservations

We accept cash, checks or credit cards.

For Reservations, click here.

Reservation deadline is February 11 at 5:00 p.m.

January Joint Technical Meeting w/ NSMS

Posted: Jan 07, 2019

Join us for our January Joint Technical Meeting with NSMS, Golden Gate Chapter!

When:              Friday, January 11th; 11:30am-2:00pm
Where:             Scott’s Seafood, Jack London Square
Cost:                $75/members; $85/non-members
Reservations:  Telephone (530) 790-0432 or email: Please make reservations by Wednesday, January 10th, 2019.

“Cal/OSHA Update: What to Watch for in 2019”

Fred Walter: Named by Cal/OSHA Reporter as one of the “Most Influential” people on the Cal/OSHA scene, Mr. Walter has represented employers in California and other states in OSHA compliance matters and “serious & willful misconduct” claims since 1985. He is admitted to practice in all California courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Fred leads the firm’s crisis management practice, providing clients with legal advice and representation during and after critical events. His article, “Crisis Management: The Legal Perspective”, was published in the March 2003 edition of Safety Professional. Fred is often invited to talk on topics related to workplace safety for the firm’s clients, public agencies and professional organizations. He is co-author, with his partner, Lisa Prince, of the “Workplace Safety” chapter of the California State Bar publication, Advising California Employers and Employees.

Lisa Prince: As a partner with Walter & Prince LLP, Lisa works with employers, safety directors, risk managers, and human resources administrators on the development of effective, preventive safety programs that answer regulatory mandates. Her litigation practice is now focused on representing employers in defense of OSHA citations, serious and willful misconduct and worker’s compensation discrimination claims.

Ms. Prince is a member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the American, California State and Sonoma County Bar Associations, the American Society of Safety Professionals, and the Safety and Health Council of the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC). The firm’s latest edition of the Workplace Safety chapter of the Continuing Legal Education of the Bar publication, “Advising California Employers and Employees”, was published in 2018.

Lisa Baiocchi: Lisa Baiocchi is an associate at Walter & Prince LLP, Santa Rosa. Lisa represents the firm’s clients in all aspects of Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA administrative process and defense, as well as “serious and willful misconduct” claims. She also assists employers with crisis response, improving and/or updating their safety programs, as well as managing pre- and post-appeal abatement issues before Cal/OSHA.

Lisa is a member of the American Bar, California State Bar, and Sonoma County Bar Associations.

Len Welsh: Mr. Welsh, former Chief of Cal/OSHA, is with State Compensation Insurance Fund. He is recognized for his expertise and success in litigation and settlement strategies, as well as his skill in forging cooperative relationships between management and labor organizations. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.Len has more than 25 years of experience in the practice and administration of occupational safety and health and related environmental law. He was appointed acting Chief in 2003, and was confirmed as Chief by the California Senate in 2008. Following his departure from Cal/OSHA in 2011, he served as Counsel and Acting Chief Counsel to the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations.

More information about Fred Walter, Lisa Prince and Lisa Baiocchi can be found at:


Fall 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Posted: Dec 04, 2018

Each year the SF Chapter gives scholarships out to students studying in the Occupational Health & Safety Field. See the Fall 2018 scholarship recipients below. Congrats!

Tawnee Newton is the Fall 2018 recipient of the San Francisco Chapter’s $500 scholarship at Las Positas College. Pictured is Steve McConnell, Instructor/Student Affairs Committee presenting the scholarship to Tawnee on behalf of the San Francisco Chapter.

Tawnee is nearing completion of the Occupational Safety and Health degree at Las Positas College and was excited to be awarded the Chapter’s scholarship. She is looking forward to learning more about safety and health as she completes her Associates in Science degree. Tawnee aspires to a career as an Operator or Safety professional at a refinery following completion of her degree. She believes the knowledge gained from the Occupational Safety and Health program at Las Positas will help her succeed in any position she may have at a refinery. The courses have provided her a much better understanding of safety and health issues and what make safety and health programs successful.



Brandi Lechleiter is the Fall 2018 recipient of the San Francisco Chapter/Construction Section $500 scholarship at Las Positas College. Brandi is a two-time recipient of an ASSP scholarship.

Brandi has experience in retail and the United States Air Force. She has also worked as an operator that “flew” and maintained diagnostic communication with private industry satellites.  Past roles have allowed her to gain experience in management.  She has been employed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) since 2007.  At LLNL, Brandi is a work center supervisor and plays a management role in the group.  In addition, she is the coordinator of classified operations for the facility. She has been the project manager for onsite construction projects.

Brandi has completed an AA degree in Humanities at Las Positas College, while working full time at LLNL.  She’s completed a lot of on-the-job training and the USAF technical school subjects of electronic principles, radio frequency communications, and laser/optical science.  She is trained as a Human Performance Practitioner and has been called on to help identify the factors that resulted in various off-normal situations at the Laboratory.  Brandi consistently participates in class discussion and shares information from her experience with her classmates.

Brandi is completing her third class in the OSH Certificate program and has established herself as a top performing student, ready and anxious to learn about safety and health.





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