Release Number: 10-661-NEW/BOS 2010-213
Tues., May 18, 2010
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
US Labor Department's OSHA forms 4 alliances to enhance
safety and health for variety of workers in western New York
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed four alliances with area organizations to enhance workplace safety and health for a cross-section of workers in western New York.
"Each of these alliances is targeted to a distinct group of workers in western New York - workers in construction, general industry, healthcare and small business, as well as Hispanic workers," said Arthur Dube, OSHA's area director in Buffalo. "Each alliance will provide information and training on work-related hazards and safeguards, and help workers understand their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act."
"We share with our alliance partners the common goal of equipping these workers with the knowledge and ability to identify and address workplace hazards so that they can return home healthy and whole at the end of each work shift," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator.
- The Western New York Hispanic Alliance will reach out to Hispanic workers in western New York, providing them with the OSHA 10-hour construction and general industry courses or other abbreviated classes in Spanish, and providing safety and health information at an annual Hispanic Family Health and Safety Fair. Signatories are OSHA's Kulick and Dube; Lourdes Iglesias, executive director, Hispanos Unidos de Buffalo Inc.; Raul Vazquez M.D., Urban Family Practice P.C.; and J. Luis Acosta, founder/chief executive officer, Urban Community Corp.
- The Western New York Healthcare Association Alliance will address emergency preparedness and other safety and health issues pertaining to the healthcare industry. Signatories are Kulick; Dube; John Bartimole, president/chief executive officer, Western New York Healthcare Association; Dawn Rougeux, regional emergency preparedness coordinator, Western New York Healthcare Association; Paul Kostyniak Ph.D., director, State University of New York at Buffalo Toxicology Research Center; and Ralph Estep RN, CIH, CSP, principal consultant, Health Systems Safety Inc.
- The Lehigh Construction Group Inc. Alliance continues a successful alliance begun in 2003 that reaches out to young and inexperienced workers about hazards in the construction industry. Each year, Lehigh and OSHA conduct outreach for high school students in the building trades curriculum and college students in construction-related fields of study. Signatories are Kulick; Dube; and David Knauss, president, and Thomas Glomb, vice president, Lehigh Construction Group Inc.
- The Western New York Safety Conference Alliance will provide safety and health outreach and training primarily to small businesses in both the construction industry and general industry. Signatories are Kulick, Dube, Patrick Snodgrass, president, James Zawodzinski, vice-president, and Paula Stuhler, executive secretary, Western New York Safety Conference.
Through the agency's Alliance Program, OSHA works with groups committed to safety and health, including businesses, trade and professional organizations, unions and educational institutions, to leverage resources and expertise to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, and share information with employers and employees to help prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace. OSHA and the organization sign a formal agreement with goals that address training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health.
Employers and employees in western New York with questions about this or other OSHA alliances or partnerships may call Gordon DeLeys in OSHA's Buffalo Area Office at 716-551-3053, ext. 244.
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 these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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