April 10, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. -- Helping Southern Tier manufacturers provide safer and healthier workplaces for their employees is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST), which is based in Jamestown.
OSHA and MAST jointly will provide small businesses with information, guidance and access to training resources, with an emphasis on reducing hazards typically encountered in a manufacturing environment. Presentations will include OSHA's 10-hour general industry safety and health course, along with other programs on establishing and implementing effective safety and health management systems.
"An effective safety and health management system is a key tool for safeguarding employees," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator in Manhattan. "Establishing such a system enables workers and management to anticipate, identify and eliminate occupational hazards before employees get hurt."
This alliance will guide small businesses toward acceptance into OSHA's elite Voluntary Protection Programs by helping them improve their existing safety and health programs. OSHA and MAST will share best practices and effective approaches, and encourage MAST member worksites to build relationships with OSHA and the state of New York's safety consultation service to address safety and health issues.
"Through this alliance, OSHA is providing Southern Tier manufacturers an opportunity to become among the best of the best when it comes to workplace safety and health," said Arthur Dube, director of OSHA's area office in Buffalo.
The alliance was signed April 3 by MAST Executive Director Todd Jay Tranum and by OSHA's Patricia K. Clark and Arthur Dube. For information about this and other OSHA alliances and partnerships in western New York, contact the compliance assistance specialist in OSHA's Buffalo Area Office at (716) 551-3053.
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 450 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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