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Region 7 News Release: OSHA 08-1779-KAN
Jan. 5, 2009
Contact: Jeremy Eggers
Phone: 303-844-1299

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA announces alliance with PandemicPrep.Org in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) St. Louis Area Office and PandemicPrep.Org have formed an alliance to provide information, guidance and access to training resources that will enhance public and occupational knowledge of pandemic influenza.

The alliance will also focus on disseminating timely information critical to the public, industry and government during an influenza pandemic, a capability central to OSHA's and PandemicPrep.Org's missions.

"This cooperative alliance clearly illustrates OSHA's and PandemicPrep.Org's proactive engagement and commitment to prevention education by being at the forefront of informing the workforce and public before a pandemic occurs," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator. "Cooperation between OSHA and PandemicPrep.Org will promote new ideas and opportunities to assist workers, employers and the public during an influenza pandemic."

PandemicPrep.Org and OSHA will collaborate on training and education programs for influenza pandemic preparation as well as means to communicate timely, critical information to the workforce and public during a pandemic. The alliance signatories will participate in conferences, forums, stakeholder meetings and other events that will focus on mitigating the threat of pandemic influenza.

For more information about this alliance, contact OSHA's St. Louis Area Office at 314-425-4249.

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 partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA 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

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