Trade News Release
March 2, 2006
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
OSHA and International Warehouse Logistics Association Renew Alliance
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) have renewed their Alliance for another two years to further improve worker safety and health in the areas of forklift operations, materials handling, and hazard communication and chemical safety. The Alliance was first initiated in February 2004.
"Renewing our Alliance with IWLA allows us to continue our joint efforts to enhance the safety and health of thousands of workers employed in the warehouse logistics industry," said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "Together, we'll continue to provide valuable information and training resources on issues directly related to the warehouse industry, including a strong focus on forklift safety and youth workers."
Alex Glann, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of IWLA, added "I am pleased to reaffirm this important Alliance with OSHA on behalf of the more than 430 warehouse logistics companies IWLA represents. Working with OSHA the past two years we have expanded these efforts, enhancing the safety of the estimated 500,000 workers employed in the logistics industry. I look forward to what the future will bring."
IWLA and OSHA will continue working with owners and operators in the warehousing industry to provide IWLA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources. Special attention will be paid to increasing hard-to-reach and youth workers' access to safety and health information and training resources.
During the first two years of the Alliance, OSHA executive staff presented at IWLA conferences and the association shared information through its publications about the agency compliance assistance activities and tools. In addition, through the Alliance, IWLA representatives reviewed and provided OSHA with feedback on the agency's warehouse-related compliance assistance tools and publications
Based in Des Plaines, Ill., IWLA represents third-party warehouse-based logistics firms, warehouse/logistics divisions of industry firms, and warehouse logistics professionals around the world, and serves to foster and promote the growth and success of public and contract warehousing and related logistics services.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers 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 www.osha.gov.
# # #
U.S. Labor Department news releases are accessible on the Internet at www.dol.gov. The information in this release will be made available in alternative format upon request (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which news release when placing your request. Call 202-693-7773 or TTY 202-693-7755.