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Region 2 News Release: 06-408-NEW/BOS 2006-058
Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

OSHA, DiVal Safety Equipment Join to Reduce Safety and Health Hazards in Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and DiVal Safety Equipment Inc. have formed an alliance to reduce and prevent Western New York workers' exposure to occupational hazards in three industries.

Under the alliance, OSHA and DiVal, a major provider of safety equipment and training, will work together to develop training and education programs about hazards associated with the concrete industry, tree trimming operations and public warehousing.

"This alliance allows us to reach workers in three industries, equipping them with the knowledge to spot and prevent the hazards they are likely to encounter in their jobs," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator.

Training will focus on silica hazards in the concrete industry; hazards posed to tree trimmers from falls, moving traffic and work near overhead power lines; and warehousing hazards involving forklifts and ergonomics.

"These industries carry specific and significant hazards for workers," said Art Dube, OSHA's Buffalo area director. "By working together with employers and workers, we hope to reduce and eliminate many of these hazards for workers in western New York."

Under the alliance, OSHA and DiVal will share information on best practices and publicize the results through outreach and training materials. They also will encourage other employers to build relationships with OSHA and the New York State safety consultation service and promote their participation in OSHA's cooperative programs, including Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), consultation and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

The alliance was signed today at DiVal's Niagara St. facility in Buffalo by Clark and Dube of OSHA and by C. J. Vallone, president, and Dale Lesinksi, vice-president for sales, DiVal Safety Equipment. 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.

OSHA has created more than 350 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. More information about the alliance is available from Gordon DeLeys in OSHA's Buffalo area office; phone (716) 551-3053.

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

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