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OSHA News Release – Region 10
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 10 News Release: #04-38
Date: April 5, 2004
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
SEATTLE -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently renewed its partnership with the Potlatch Corporation in Lewiston, Idaho, to improve worker safety and health in the logging industry.
OSHA health and safety partnerships are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative initiatives with companies and trade associations. The partnership renewal recognizes Potlatch Corporation's continued outstanding oversight of contract loggers under OSHA's Logging Partnership Project.
Although improvements in logging safety have been realized in recent years, logging remains among the nation's most dangerous occupations.
"Logging employers who practice sound safety and health management principles experience notable improvements in their safety performance," said Richard Terrill, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. "Potlatch is among the progressive owners of industrial timberland who have worked hard to improve logging safety among their contract logging workforce."
In November 2000, Potlatch Corp. became the first company in the Labor Department's Northwest Region to receive partnership status. OSHA has renewed the partnership after evaluating the company and finding that it continues to have a strong commitment to health and safety, including training and education, record keeping and hazard analysis and other initiatives that protect the safety and well-being of its employees.
Since 2001, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created more than 80 partnerships to prevent accidents and promote job health and safety. OSHA is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses and protecting the health and safety of American workers. For more information, visit www.osha.gov and click on "cooperative programs."
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