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Trade News Release
Sept. 19, 2008
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA and the American Supply Association form new Alliance
Material handling and forklift operations hazards to be addressed

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Supply Association (ASA) recently formed a new Alliance to offer guidance, information and training resources to protect employees from hazards related to material handling and forklift operations, as well as hazard communication issues.

"Our new Alliance with ASA will serve as a catalyst for providing important safety and health information to better protect employees from worksite hazards," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "OSHA has more than 500 alliances nationwide committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. We are pleased to join forces with ASA and look forward to developing effective approaches to educate its members and other employees working in the supply industry."

The Alliance will communicate safety and health information through its representatives speaking and exhibiting at conventions, conferences, workshops, and seminars. Additionally, the Alliance will collaborate on creating OSHA and ASA Alliance Web sites and developing print and electronic assistance tools. Furthermore, the Alliance will develop case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health.

"The American Supply Association is very pleased to enter into this important Alliance with OSHA," said ASA President Jeffrey New. "The safety and ongoing education of over 75,000 employees in our channel of distribution is of utmost importance to us as an association representing this industry." He continued, "ASA looks forward to partnering with OSHA to reduce workplace hazards and to create training programs that empower our members to be proactive in exceeding OSHA's safety and health standards."

The ASA is a nonprofit national organization serving wholesale distributors and suppliers in the plumbing, heating, cooling, industrial and mechanical pipe, valves and fittings industries. The organization also provides trading partners with a forum to discuss issues and offers services geared to their needs. The ASA was formed in 1969 through the merger of The Central Supply Association and the American Institute of Supply Association.

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