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Region 2 News Release: 06-1154-NEW/BOS 2006-196
Monday, July 17, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

New OSHA Alliance Aims to Enhance Safety and Health for Young Workers in New York's Jefferson and Lewis Counties

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Educating young workers in Jefferson and Lewis counties about occupational safety and health is the goal of a new alliance between the Syracuse office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

Under the alliance, OSHA and BOCES are working jointly to provide BOCES students with training and education programs designed to reduce and prevent young workers' exposure to safety and health hazards. This includes presenting OSHA's 10-hour construction- and general-industry programs to senior- and junior high-school students enrolled in various vocational-studies programs, including automotive technology and repair and construction. The alliance formalizes a program that has already provided training to more than 400 students.

"This is an excellent opportunity to provide tomorrow's workers with vital knowledge that will serve them well in the work force," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator.

"These courses will equip students with the awareness and skills to identify and address on-the-job hazards before they cause injury or illness," added Chris R. Adams, OSHA's Syracuse, N.Y., area director.

Alliance participants will also share best practices and effective approaches regarding workplace safety and health. Participation by BOCES students in OSHA's cooperative programs will be promoted, and students will be encouraged to build relationships with OSHA officials on safety and health issues. The alliance was signed by Clark, Adams and Jack J. Boak, BOCES district superintendent.

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 325 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. Additional information about this and other alliances in the area can be obtained by calling OSHA's Syracuse area office at (315) 451-0808.

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