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Trade News Release
Sept. 19, 2007
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Announces New National Alliance with Lamar Outdoor Advertising

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Lamar Outdoor Advertising (Lamar) have formed a new national Alliance to provide employees in the outdoor advertising industry with information, guidance and access to training resources to promote and protect employee safety and health.

"The Alliance between OSHA and Lamar has had great success in developing training, educational and outreach tools to promote employee safety," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "We are now partnering on a national level to advance industry-wide guidelines and programs to ensure the well-being of the outdoor advertising workforce."

The national OSHA and Lamar Alliance will focus on issues regarding falls, electrical, struck-by, trenching, and aerial lifts hazards. The Alliance's efforts include developing information to identify and prevent workplace hazards. It also aims to create effective tools to assist employers with communicating safety and protection guidelines. With the assistance of OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals, the most effective practices and approaches will be publicized through outreach materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures. In addition, Alliance members will promote the national dialogue about workplace safety and health by participating in forums, roundtable discussions and stakeholder meetings to forge innovative solutions to hazards in the outdoor advertising industry.

"Lamar's Alliance with OSHA's Region I has been productive. Through the expansion to a nationwide effort, we hope to share our best practices toward the safety of all who must operate and maintain outdoor advertising structures. We also hope to learn innovative ways to protect our employees," said Robert Switzer, VP of Operations for Lamar.

Founded in 1902, Lamar operates more than 150 outdoor advertising companies in over 40 states and Puerto Rico. It manages in excess of 149,000 billboards, and has more than 75 transit franchises that reach driving audiences through displays on bus shelters, benches and buses.

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