June 29, 2007
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102
BRADFORD, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford's outreach services department have joined forces to promote workplace safety and health for industrial companies throughout northwest Pennsylvania. The two organizations today signed an alliance on campus to help develop education programs and curricula on safety and health hazards pertinent to business and industry in the Bradford regional area.
"This alliance provides the perfect bridge between government and education to give employees the tools they need to stay safe and healthy on the job," says Ed Selker, director of OSHA's Erie, Pa., office.
Through the alliance, OSHA and Pitt-Bradford Outreach Services will provide employers with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to occupational safety and health hazards in process industries and oil and gas well drilling.
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 employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has 468 alliances nationwide with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
OSHA's Erie office will participate in the alliance. For more information, call (814) 461-1492.
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 www.osha.gov.
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