Oct. 29, 2007
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WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) today renewed their Alliance, originally signed on September 16, 2003, to provide CMAA members, small businesses and others with information and training resources to help protect the safety and health of membership club employees, including non-English or limited English speaking and youth workers. Additionally, the organizations will address safety and health issues related to membership clubs' landscaping and horticultural activities.
"OSHA's four-year collaboration with CMAA has resulted in a number of successful initiatives to improve the safety of employees in the membership club industry," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "Our renewed Alliance will continue to provide valuable guidance and education to increase awareness of effective safety and health programs in the workplace."
"We are delighted to renew our formal Alliance with OSHA and continue to promote healthy club work environments," said James B. Singerling, Chief Executive Officer, CMAA. "CMAA member-managed clubs employ close to 300,000 people nationwide, and these clubs recognize the value in protecting their greatest assets ¿ their employees. We look forward to continuing the productive and positive partnership between CMAA and OSHA well into the future."
In the past year, the Alliance developed eleven toolbox talks, in English and Spanish, addressing issues related to hazard communication, respiratory protection, landscaping, and horticultural activities. CMAA also supported the 2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. As a professional association for managers of membership clubs, CMAA has nearly 7,000 members who operate more than 3,000 country, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town, and military clubs. The association has over 90 senior and student chapters and colonies in the United States and abroad.
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 working men and women 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.
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