Tues., Jan. 29, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed an alliance with Avon, Conn.¿based Apple Health Care Inc. and the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Conn-OSHA). The alliance will help the employees of Apple's 24 nursing and personal care facilities in Connecticut and Rhode Island reduce their exposure to hazards associated with work in such facilities.
Under the alliance, OSHA and Apple Health Care will develop training and education programs that will increase Apple employees' ability to identify and eliminate hazards associated with their duties and thereby prevent the occurrence of work-related injuries and illnesses. The training will cover musculoskeletal disorders, bloodborne pathogens, noise and other topics identified through surveys.
"This alliance is an ambitious effort to equip employees with a most valuable and useful tool: the knowledge to better identify and prevent work-related hazards," said C. William Freeman III, OSHA's area director in Hartford. "It will provide employees, those most directly affected by occupational hazards, with the opportunity to help focus training to those situations and issues of greatest concern to them."
As part of the alliance, OSHA and Apple Health Care also will share best practices, and promote and encourage the participation of company facilities in OSHA's cooperative programs, including the Voluntary Protection Programs and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. OSHA's area offices in Hartford; Bridgeport, Conn.; and Providence, R.I., are participating in the alliance.
The alliance agreement has been signed by OSHA Area Directors Freeman, Robert Kowalski (Bridgeport) and Patrick Griffin (Providence); Apple Health Care Vice President for Purchasing and Facilities Management Stuart T. Fisher; and Conn-OSHA Director Richard Palo.
More information about OSHA alliances and cooperative programs in Connecticut and Rhode Island is available from the compliance assistance specialists in OSHA's Hartford (860-240-3152), Bridgeport (203-579-5581) and Providence (401-528-4669) area offices.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 460 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces 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 OSHA's Web site at www.osha.gov.
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