Date: Monday, November 06, 2006
Contact: Ken Atha Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (205) 731-1534 (404) 562-2076
MOBILE, Ala. -- State educators and safety experts have joined forces with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop courses aimed at reducing exposure to safety hazards for young workers. An alliance signing ceremony was recently held at Alabama State University's Montgomery campus.
¿The mission of this alliance is to provide career technology educators throughout the state with the resources necessary to offer effective safety and health training for students,¿ said Ken Atha, OSHA's area director in Mobile.
Educators certified as safety instructors will conduct OSHA courses as part of a school's curriculum. The classes will equip students with the skills they need to recognize and abate hazards commonly found in school laboratories and at their workplaces.
Alliance participants include: Safe State Alabama Onsite Consultation Program; Alabama Department of Education, Career/Technical Education Section; American Society of Safety Engineers, Alabama and Mississippi chapters; and OSHA's area offices in Mobile and Birmingham.
The OSHA area office in Mobile is located at 1141 Montlimar Drive, Suite 1006; phone: (251) 441-6131. The area office for OSHA in Birmingham is at 950 22nd St. North, Suite 1050; phone: (205) 731-1534.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace 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.dol.
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