Trade News Release
May 1, 2006
Contact: Frank Meilinger
OSHA, ASSE, Industry Groups Team up to Increase Job Safety for North American Safety and Health Week
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), today kicked off North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) which aims to increase public awareness on the importance of workplace safety for young workers. The event-which runs April 30 through May 6-supports OSHA's Alliance with ASSE to advance a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.
"This is the perfect opportunity to focus on our efforts to help our most vulnerable workers-young people-many of whom will begin their first jobs this spring or summer," said Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "Together, we will address ways to provide youth, their parents and their employers with the tools they need to protect our next generation of workers."
"Most young people entering the workplace are not as sensitive to risks associated with the job as they should be," ASSE President Jack Dobson, Jr., CSP, said. "It is vitally important that we get this information out and into the hands of the folks that need it, such as young workers. Employers should also help new workers understand risks associated with the job and their responsibilities in minimizing or eliminating these risks while performing their jobs."
Held each May, NAOSH Week is a joint venture among the United States, Canada and Mexico that raises awareness of occupational safety, health and environmental programs among employers, employees and the public. The goal is to focus the attention of employers, employees, and all partners in occupational safety, health and the environment on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace; to increase the understanding of the benefits of investment in occupational safety and health; and to encourage new health, safety and environmental activities.
The NAOSH Week activities complement OSHA's recently announced Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign, a multi-year project to increase awareness about workplace hazards, and provide possible solutions to those hazards, for young workers and their parents.
Organizations that will be actively supporting NAOSH week include the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., (AAOHN), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc., American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA).
Founded in 1911, the non-profit ASSE is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. It is the oldest and largest global professional safety organization with more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 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.