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Trade News Release
June 23, 2006
Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Signs Alliance with National Maritime Safety Association

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed a new Alliance with the National Maritime Safety Association (NMSA) to foster safer and more healthful workplaces for employees in the marine cargo handling industry. Edwin G. Foulke Jr., assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, and Mark Baker, NMSA president, signed the two-year Alliance today during the NMSA Annual Meeting in Charleston, S.C.

Through the OSHA and NMSA Alliance, the organizations will collaborate to provide NMSA members and others in the marine cargo handling industry with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance will particularly focus on intermodal container lashing issues and marine terminal traffic safety.

"This Alliance is another fine example of our commitment to finding cooperative ways to improve health and safety for all employees," said Foulke. "Our joint effort with NMSA will concentrate on ways to identify hazards and keep employees safe on the job."

OSHA and NMSA will provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and on ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and NMSA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

The Alliance also calls for NMSA to share information with OSHA personnel, as well as industry safety and health professionals, about NMSA's best practices and to publicize results through outreach by NMSA and through OSHA- or NMSA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures. In addition, the Alliance's members will promote the national dialogue on workplace safety and health by participating in forums, roundtable discussions and stakeholder meetings to forge innovative solutions to hazards in the marine cargo industry.

NMSA is a national trade association that represents and advises the U.S. private sector marine cargo handling industry on safety and health issues.

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


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