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Region 2 News Release:     BOS 2003-096
May 19, 2003
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074


Attention: Business News / Calendar Editors
OSHA Small Business Outreach Seminars On Hazard Communication
To Be Offered In June At Six Upstate New York Locations

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Helping small Upstate New York employers ensure the safety of their employees using hazardous chemicals is the goal of seminars being offered by the Buffalo office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in conjunction with area organizations and colleges.

The same seminar, on the topic of hazard communication, is being offered at six different locations during June as follows:


June 5, 2003 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Erie Community College South Campus, Orchard Park, NY
NCCC Corporate Training Center, Lockport, NY
June 12, 2003 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY
Jamestown Community College, Olean, NY
June 19, 2003 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY
SUNY Brockport MetroCenter, Rochester, NY
"The hazard communication standard continues to be one of the most frequently violated OSHA standards," said Art Dube, OSHA's Buffalo area director. "OSHA has been enforcing this standard for 17 years now and employers still fail to communicate appropriate hazard information to their employees. I find that both remarkable and quite disturbing,"

The seminar will explain how small business owners can properly comply with the hazard communication standard and properly make hazard information available to their employees and to other employers who may be exposed to chemicals they use in the workplace. It will cover labeling of containers, material safety data sheets, information and training, hazards associated with non-routine tasks and developing an adequate hazard communication program.

The session is part of the OSHA Small Business Seminar Series that the federal agency will offer this year to assist small Upstate New York employers in complying with workplace safety and health standards.

To register for one of the June seminars, and to obtain more information, contact Gordon DeLeys at the Buffalo OSHA Area Office at 716-684-3891 extension 244 or email gordon.deleys@dol.gov.

Co-sponsors with OSHA are: the New York State Department of Labor On-site Consultation Service, the OSHA Education Center at Niagara County Community College's Corporate Training Center, Jamestown Community College, the Jamestown Small Business Development Center, the Manufacturing Association of the Greater Jamestown Area, Erie Community College Department of Workforce Development, the Niagara Community College Small Business Development Center and the SUNY College at Buffalo State Small Business Development Center, the Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce, SUNY College at Brockport Small Business Development Center, Genesee Community College, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, the Rochester Business Alliance and the National Safety Council.


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