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OSHA News Release
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Region 5


July 27, 2021

US Department of Labor, Chippewa Valley Technical College reaffirm
commitment to train Chippewa Valley workers on job hazards

Ambassador Alliance signing set for Thursday, July 29, at CVTC Eau Claire campus

EAU CLAIRE, WI – The success of the partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Chippewa Valley Technical College has led OSHA to reaffirm its commitment to training employers and workers on workplace safety, and in recognizing the college by elevating CVTC to Ambassador Alliance status.

OSHA and Chippewa Valley Technical College will sign a new Ambassador Alliance on Thursday, July 29, at the college's Business Education Center, 620 W. Clairemont Ave. (Room 100D) at 9 a.m. CDT. The Ambassador relationship will remain in effect for the duration of an ongoing cooperative association and while both parties maintain a good-faith effort to meet the program's intent and policies.

OSHA and CVTC signed its first alliance in 2006 to focus on promoting a culture of worker safety and health within the general industry, construction and agricultural industries – including small businesses and non-English and limited English-speaking workers – by developing and sharing information on preventing workplace hazards, such as falls, struck-by, caught-in-between and electrical.

"Through our collaboration, Chippewa Valley Technical College has trained thousands of employers and workers on preventable workplace injuries," said OSHA Area Director Mitzy Wright in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. "Adding the college to our Ambassador Alliance Program allows us to continue collaborating to enhance education and training and improve worker safety throughout Chippewa Valley."

In addition, CVTC and OSHA will continue promoting awareness of OSHA's rulemakings, enforcement initiatives and safety campaigns, including an understanding of workers' rights and employer responsibilities.

Chippewa Valley Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System and serves an 11-county area. CVTC has eight campus locations in Eau Claire, and in Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, Neillsville and River Falls.

OSHA's Alliance Program works with groups committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. These groups include unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, businesses, faith- and community-based organizations, and educational institutions. OSHA and the groups work together to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, share information with workers and employers, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Learn more about OSHA.

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Media Contacts:

Scott Allen, 312-353-4727, allen.scott@dol.gov
Rhonda Burke, 312-353-4807, burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Release Number: 21-1395-CHI


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