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Region 7 News Release: OSHA 08-326-KAN
March 12, 2008
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA announces alliance with Operation Excel/Youth Build in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Operation Excel/Youth Build (OEYB) in St. Louis have formed an alliance to provide information, guidance and training resources to youth enrolled in OEYB's construction training programs. The alliance will focus on enhancing the value of construction safety education and training, a goal central to both OSHA's and OEYB's missions.

"This alliance illustrates a mutual commitment to safety and health hazard prevention," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "Both OSHA and OEYB believe in instilling an early safety culture in our nation's youth, as well as promoting best practices and technical knowledge for the construction industry. We will cooperate in creating new ideas and opportunities to assist youth curriculum developers and future employers in preventing workplace injuries."

William McDonald, director of OSHA's St. Louis Area Office, represented the agency at Tuesday's signing ceremony in St. Louis, along with Julia Tibbs, director of grants for OEYB.

OSHA's area office in St. Louis and OEYB will collaborate on training and education programs for accident and injury prevention for students and other beneficiaries. The alliance partners will participate in conferences, forums, stakeholder meetings and other events. For more information, 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 safety and health of employees through cooperative partnerships. OSHA currently administers more than 460 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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