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Region 1 News Release: 08-1314-BOS/BOS 2008-268
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA forms safety and health alliance with Massachusetts Port Authority and Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Goal is to enhance safety and health for MassPort employees and others at Logan Airport

BOSTON - Enhancing workplace safety and health for employees of the Massachusetts Port Authority (MassPort) and others working at Logan Airport is the goal of a new alliance among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety (MDOS) and MassPort's Aviation Operations (MPAO) and Fire-Rescue (MPAFR) departments.

"This alliance will allow us to exchange information and guidance on reducing and preventing hazards associated with work performed in and around a major airport," said Brenda Gordon, OSHA's area director in Braintree, Mass. "It also will help us build productive relationships through which we can realize our common goal of having employees return home healthy and whole at the end of each workday."

The alliance will provide the MassPort community and others at Logan Airport with information, guidance and access to training resources that will focus on reducing and preventing employee exposure to aviation industry hazards, including struck-by and caught-between injuries, falls, noise, work with electricity and emergency response.

Alliance partners will work together to develop information on recognizing and preventing work-related hazards and communicate such information to employers and employees in the aviation industry. They also will speak, exhibit or appear at each other's conferences, meetings and events.

The alliance was signed by OSHA's Gordon, MDOS Commissioner Laura Marlin, MPAO Director David Isihara and MPAFR Fire Chief Robert Donahue.

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 500 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 healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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


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