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News Brief
Aug. 29, 2007
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OSHA renews alliance with the Society of the Plastics Industry

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today renewed its alliance with the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI). The alliance will continue to provide SPI members and other stakeholders in the plastics industry with important information, guidance, and access to resources to promote a safe and healthful workplace.

"This cooperative alliance continues to ensure that America's working men and women in the plastics industry have the necessary knowledge to reduce injury and illness in the workplace," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "I am pleased that this strategic partnership continues to build upon our successes and strives to protect employees' health and safety."

"Our relationship with OSHA is essential as SPI works to provide our member companies and their employees with the tools and guidance they need to create the safest and healthiest work environment possible in their plants and manufacturing facilities," said SPI President Bill Carteaux. "SPI appreciates all of the agency's efforts in working with us on training, education and communication projects aimed at identifying hazards and reducing injuries."

Other products of this alliance include the Plastics Machinery section of OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool and the continued development of an OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for the Plastics Processing Industry.

Founded in 1937, SPI is a trade association representing the plastics industry supply chain in the United States, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers.

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