March 1, 2007
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again renewed its 2002 alliance with the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) to continue developing preventive measures that address biological safety issues in the American workplace.
"We are pleased to renew our alliance with ABSA and expect the next two years to be as successful as the first four," said Assistant Secretary for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "ABSA members have provided considerable technical expertise during the development of OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages, which have provided important safety and health information to more than 125,000 people since the original alliance was signed."
"This alliance enables our organizations to collectively enhance American workplace health and safety and assist employers in developing a preventive focus for biological safety issues," said ABSA President Dr. Bob Hawley. "Our organizations collaborate to control and mitigate biological hazards in the workplace, share technical information and best practices, and identify emerging biological safety issues."
Through the alliance, ABSA members sit on the editorial boards of 17 OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages and OSHA staff have participated in a variety of ABSA events. These events include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's International Symposium on Biosafety, Jan. 23, 2006; the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses' 53rd Congress, March 18, 2006; and a Multi-Regional Delegation of the Department of State, Jan. 26, 2006.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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