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September 11, 2019
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U.S. Department of Labor and Poultry Industry Sign Alliance
To Protect Workers’ Safety and Health

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently signed an alliance with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation, known as the Poultry Industry Alliance participants. The goal of the alliance is to help protect workers’ safety and health by reducing and preventing exposure to peracetic acid (PAA), repetitive injuries and other hazards in the poultry industry.

During the two-year agreement, participants intend to develop root-cause analysis procedures, educational resources on medical management practices for industry medical professionals, and posters on safe handling, labeling and use of PAA. Alliance participants also intend to develop practices, tools, and educational resources for industry employers and workers on restroom breaks, and effective ergonomic approaches.

The U.S. Egg and Poultry Association, formed in 1947, represents producers and processors of broilers, turkeys, ducks, eggs and breeding stock, as well as allied companies. The National Chicken Council, formed in 1965, advocates for the U.S. broiler chicken industry with members that include chicken producer/processors, poultry distributors and allied industry. The National Turkey Federation, formed in 1940, advocates for the U.S. turkey industry with members that include growers, processors, hatchers, breeders, distributors, allied services and state associations.

The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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