Dec. 11, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
DECATUR, Ill. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today signed an alliance extending its collaboration with the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA), designed to reduce and eliminate lower back and other ergonomic injuries, among many workplace safety hazards faced by healthcare workers.
The pledge to work cooperatively is an extension of an alliance signed in 2004 that provided IHCA members and others with guidance, information and access to training resources designed to help them reduce and prevent exposure to blood-borne pathogens, ergonomic, chemical, electrical and physical hazards.
OSHA Health and Safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers. Alliances provide an opportunity to participate in a cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health.
"The significance of this agreement is the proactive approach and commitment of a fine organization that supports long term care facilities throughout the state, and the government to eliminate workplace hazards," OSHA Regional Administrator Michael Connors explained. "Sharing resources and information is the best manner to voluntarily promote safety and health." Connors signed the agreement on behalf of OSHA.
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