Region 2 News Release: 06-117-NEW/BOS 2006-014
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
OSHA Joins with New York State Workers' Compensation Board to Reduce Injuries and Illnesses in Empire State Workplaces
NEW YORK -- Helping New York State employers reduce and prevent their employees' exposure to workplace safety and health hazards is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the New York State Workers' Compensation Board (NYSWCB).
"Our mutual goal is to equip the state's employers and workers with the knowledge to identify workplace hazards and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator. "We will also inform them about the positive impact of safer workplaces on their bottom line."
Under the alliance, the two agencies will work together to develop and deliver training and education programs to NYSWCB constituents that will utilize job hazard analysis, "safety pays" tools and workers' compensation information. They will also share best practices and effective approaches with industry safety and health professionals.
The alliance will encourage NYSWCB constituents to build relationships with OSHA area offices and will encourage their participation in OSHA's cooperative programs, including the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), safety consultation, strategic partnerships and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
The alliance was signed by Clark; Richard A. Bell, NYSWCB executive director, and the following OSHA area directors: Chris Adams (Syracuse); Diana Cortez (Tarrytown); Arthur Dube (Buffalo); Edward Jerome (Albany); Patricia Jones (Long Island); Robert Kulick (Avenel/Staten Island) and Richard Mendelson (Manhattan).
OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships with employers, trade associations and labor. OSHA has created more than 350 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. For more information about OSHA alliances in New York, call OSHA's regional office at (212) 337-2351.
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 workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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