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Region 7 News Release: OSHA/ 06-1593-KAN
Monday, September 18, 2006
Contact: Norma J. Conrad
Phone: (816) 426-5481

OSHA and Ozark Underground Laboratory Renew Safety Alliance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Ozark Underground Laboratory (OUL) recently renewed their alliance to provide show-cave industry employers with information, guidance and access to training resources to reduce and prevent exposure to alpha radiation, or "radon," hazards. The original alliance was signed Aug. 21, 2003.

"We are pleased to extend this alliance for another year and to continue offering technical knowledge and best practices to employers in this industry," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA regional administrator in Kansas City.

OUL will continue to represent members of the National Caves Association and provide them with information to help minimize employee exposure to radon. Workers nationwide will continue to benefit from this collaborative effort to research radon hazards within the fragile environment of the show-cave industry.

Adkins said an implementation team with representatives from both organizations will develop a one-year plan of action, determine working procedures and identify roles and responsibilities for the alliance participants.

Additional information about the alliance may be obtained by contacting OSHA's Kansas City area office at (816) 483-9531.

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