March 30, 2007
Contact: OSHA Office of Communications
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) has joined the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) Alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources for employees, including hard-to-reach employees and youth.
"The WERC will provide invaluable information to the warehousing industry and others on material handling, forklift safety and hazard communication issues in the workplace," said Assistant Secretary for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "We are pleased to have them as a partner in protecting employees' health and safety."
"IWLA, WERC and OSHA are working together to prevent injuries. We combine modern management and loss prevention techniques to craft an ever safer workplace for our employees," said Joel Anderson, CEO, IWLA. "Although the work of IWLA and WERC members may be distributing goods, the work is done by people whose health and safety are a priority for every employer. This Alliance enables us to share and exchange knowledge with the end result being improved working conditions for our employees."
"The OSHA-WERC-IWLA Alliance is a win-win situation for the agency and for warehouse and distribution managers," said Robert L. Shaunnessey, executive director of the WERC. "The members of these two associations have always been the most professional in all facets of their operations and the access to additional tools will serve to improve employee safety. In addition, the relationship will open a direct line between OSHA and the industry resulting in improved communication regarding regulatory compliance requirements and operational issues in all types of distribution centers."
The Alliance between OSHA and IWLA was originally signed on Feb. 17, 2004 and renewed on March 2, 2006.
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