Wed., Feb. 27, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Equipping the next generation of Ocean State employees with the knowledge to identify and prevent work-related hazards is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).
The alliance with RIDE's Office of Adult and Career and Technical Education will include occupational safety and health training, and education programs for career and technical school students and educators throughout the state.
A key component will be the delivery of OSHA's construction and general industry "train-the-trainer" courses to educators who will then be certified to teach OSHA's 10- and 30-hour safety and health courses to their students. Each school with an OSHA-certified instructor will conduct at least one course a year with OSHA assistance.
"This alliance is an exciting and far-reaching opportunity to provide Rhode Island's future employees with a solid grounding in workplace safety and health," said Patrick Griffin, OSHA's area director in Providence. "Students will enter the work world with an invaluable credential not only for obtaining a job but also for maintaining their health and well-being throughout their careers."
The alliance was signed by OSHA's Griffin and Johan E. Uvin, director, RIDE, Office of Adult and Career and Technical Education. More information about OSHA alliances in Rhode Island is available from the compliance assistance specialist in OSHA's Providence Area Office (telephone: 401-528-4669).
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of 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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