Region 10 News Release: 98-198
Friday, November 13, 1998
Contact: Mike Shimizu or Jeannine Lupton, (206) 553-7620
OSHA HIGHLIGHTS PARTNERSHIPS WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE GROUPS AT NOV. 13 CONFERENCE; OREGON OSHA SELECTED FOR AWARD
Oregon OSHA's performance agreement with the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was among five projects to receive a Hammer Award from Vice President Gore's Reinvention Office at OSHA's partnership conference today in Washington, D.C.
The conference recognized partnerships with business and labor that have become a key strategy for the federal safety and health agency.
Under the banner, "Partner with OSHA: New Ways of Working," business and labor leaders, safety and health managers, and OSHA staff met with representatives of trade associations and professional groups. More than 450 participants gathered at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center during the conference, which was sponsored by the Labor Department and the Council for Excellence in Government, in cooperation with the Ford Foundation.
"The common thread running through these partnerships is the commitment of each organization to work with OSHA to ensure that employees have safe and healthy environments," said Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman.
Oregon OSHA's performance agreement, the first of its kind in the nation resulting from Vice President Al Gore's reinventing government initiative, is designed to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the state and stresses partnership with OSHA.
On Wednesday, November 18, a representative from the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, Washington, D.C., will present a Hammer Award to Oregon OSHA and federal OSHA officials in a ceremony, presided over by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber at the Governor's Ceremonial Office in Salem.
"OSHA is constantly striving to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. One important way to do this is by finding others in both the public and private sectors who share our goals and are willing to join us in partnerships," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Charles N. Jeffress. "This conference will show how some of the best partnerships in America operate."
Note to editors: For further information about the Hammer presentation in Salem on November 18, contact Jani Johnston, executive administrative assistant to Peter De Luca, administrator, Oregon OSHA, at 503-947-7395.