April 24, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Lake County Contractors Association (LCCA), Lake County, Ill., are extending their alliance for another two years to continue focusing on safety and health issues in the construction industry.
"The collective expertise of the Lake County Contractors Association and OSHA can make a significant impact on the safety and health of construction employees," said Diane Turek, director of OSHA's Chicago North Area Office in Des Plaines, Ill. "The alliance gives us the tools to encourage employers and employees to commit to safe work practices and achieve positive gains toward reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities."
OSHA and LCCA will continue to work together to encourage employers to increase employee access to safety and health information and training resources, as well as to incorporate safety and health issues into the construction process. In addition, OSHA and LCCA are distributing information through print and electronic media, including their respective Web sites: www.osha.gov and www.lcca-il.org.
Employers and employees with questions about this and other OSHA alliances may call the agency's Chicago North Area Office at 847-803-4800 or visit its Web site (click on "Cooperative Programs").
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative programs. 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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