Aug. 17, 2007
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Allentown, Pa., area office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley have joined forces to provide training and education programs for business and industry on a wide variety of safety topics including falls, amputations, ergonomics, chemical and electrical safety, and physical hazards. The two organizations officially began their partnership today at a signing ceremony at the Red Cross office in Bethlehem.
"This alliance will maximize the resources of our two organizations equipped to provide employers with necessary guidance to develop emergency preparedness programs, and implement sound and effective safety and health programs," said Jean Kulp, area director of OSHA's Allentown office.
John Hughes, executive director of the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley, added, "We are very pleased to have this opportunity to partner with OSHA because, ultimately, we are both working towards the same goal ¿ making sure the workplace is safe and healthful. Together, we can provide information, guidance and easy access to resources and training on safety and health topics."
The American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley serves 680,000 residents of Pennsylvania's Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Last year, the Red Cross provided health and safety education training; Lifeline, a personal emergency response service for seniors; and emergency relief to more than 23,000 greater Lehigh Valley residents.
OSHA 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 and employers. OSHA currently has 471 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
For further information, contact OSHA's Allentown office at (610) 776-0592.
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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