April 3, 2008
Contact: Scott Allen or Brad Mitchell
Partnership priorities to reduce employee injuries, and improve safety and health
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Central Ohio Golf Course Superintendents Association (COGCSA) have formed an alliance to provide a safer and more healthful working environment for employees and reduce injuries and illnesses at the 150 golf courses the COGCSA represents throughout central Ohio.
"This agreement provides an opportunity for OSHA and the association to come together and demonstrate that we all benefit when management, labor and government dedicate themselves to providing a safe and healthy work environment," said Debora Zubaty, OSHA's area director in Columbus. "We all want every employee to go home healthy and uninjured at the end of the day."
OSHA and the COGCSA will work to continually improve workplace environment, particularly in reducing and preventing hazards related to mower and golf cart rollovers, chemical exposure, and electrical and other hazards. The alliance specifically will target Hispanic and teen employees within the industry.
The COGCSA is a professional, nonprofit organization founded by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Its mission is to provide members a network of opportunities to share experiences about the maintenance and upkeep of golf courses and contribute to the game of golf. The association currently has 200 members representing more than 2,000 employees.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 470 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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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