April 3, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Helping Long Island employees and employers identify, address and prevent work-related health hazards is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Long Island Occupational and Environmental Health Center (LIOEHC).
OSHA and LIOEHC will provide information, guidance and access to training and medical resources for contractors, employers, employees and employee representatives on Long Island. Education programs and materials will address occupational exposure to such hazardous substances as lead, silica, isocyanates and hexavalent chromium.
"This alliance will be of particular benefit to smaller Long Island employers and their employees who are less likely to have access to medical services and information for prevention and treatment of work-related health hazards," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator.
"Working together and proactively, we hope to achieve our mutual goal of having all employees go home healthy and whole at the end of each workday," said Patricia Jones, director of OSHA's Long Island Area Office.
OSHA and LIOEHC also will share best practices and effective approaches, work together on specific issues and projects related to occupational medicine monitoring, jointly engage in outreach activities, and collaboratively promote and encourage participation in OSHA's cooperative programs.
LIOEHC, housed within the Department of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, is part of a statewide network of centers offering a wide variety of occupational health and safety services to employees, employers, unions, government and health professionals.
OSHA alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 450 alliances throughout the nation.
For information about this and other OSHA alliances and partnerships on Long Island, please contact the compliance assistance specialist in OSHA's Westbury, N.Y., office at (516) 334-3344.
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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