Feb. 22, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
BOSTON, Mass. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed an alliance with the Cape Cod Landscape Association (CCLA) to provide safety and health training for employees in the landscaping industry on Cape Cod and the South Coast.
The alliance, which was signed Feb. 7 in Boston by Brenda Gordon, OSHA's area director for southeastern Massachusetts, and CCLA Director Richard Bradley, focuses on hazards associated with landscaping work, including falls, amputations, struck-by injuries and chemical hazards.
The alliance will develop and present training and education programs on these topics, particularly for young and minority employees. This will include presentation of OSHA's 10-hour basic construction safety course. OSHA and CCLA will share best practices and effective approaches for safe work practices, conduct outreach activities and encourage participation by CCLA members and worksites in OSHA's cooperative programs.
"Knowledge is the most valuable tool an employee can bring to a job," said Gordon. "A solid awareness of safe work practices, plus the ability to identify and prevent work-related hazards, will minimize injuries and illnesses and increase employees' opportunity to return home well and whole at the end of each work day."
CCLA is a non-profit trade association serving the needs of about 125 individuals and businesses working in and involved with the Green Industry on Cape Cod and in southeastern Massachusetts.
For information about this and other OSHA alliances and partnerships in southeastern Massachusetts, contact the compliance assistance specialist in OSHA's Braintree area office at (617) 565-6924.
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 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 OSHA's Web site at www.osha.gov.
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