April 8, 2008
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Telecommunications Safety Panel (NTSP) recently renewed their Alliance to continue developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards related to ergonomics.
"Our Alliance with NTSP has resulted in new products and resources to improve the safety and health of employees in the telecommunications industry," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "We look forward to furthering the success our Alliance has had over the past four years as we maintain our goal of preventing ergonomic hazards on the job."
Through the Alliance, NTSP developed the Laptop Computers Fact Sheet that describes strategies for minimizing discomfort when using laptop computers. OSHA continually updates the OSHA and NTSP Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site and provides a link to an Alliance-developed document on NTSP's site titled "Ergonomics Guidelines for Common Job Functions in the Telecommunications Industry." In addition, NTSP developed three profiles of member companies that have implemented successful safety and health programs or best practices that have led to a reduction in work-related injuries. During the past two years, OSHA and Alliance representatives also spoke at conferences and meetings including the 2007 International Telecommunications Safety Conference, the Sprint Safety and Security Day, and the 2006 Applied Ergonomics Conference.
"The National Telecommunications Safety Panel (NTSP) is pleased to continue our cooperative effort with OSHA through the Alliance Program by renewing our Alliance for the second time," said Eric Allgaier, chair of NTSP. "The Panel understands the valuable role the Alliance plays in protecting the health and well-being of employees throughout the telecommunications industry. Through the Alliance, NTSP has developed detailed ergonomics guidelines, case studies and fact sheets to benefit our industry and other related industries."
The NTSP is a group of telecommunications safety professionals who promote employee safety and health, and encourage safe workplaces throughout the telecommunications industry. The Panel works with federal and state agencies and provides comments and recommendations on safety issues such as fall protection and ergonomics.
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 www.osha.gov.
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