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Region 7 News Release: OSHA/ 04-971-KAN
Date: Tuesday May 25, 2004
Contact: Norma J. Conrad
Form Safety and Health Alliance with OSHA
OMAHA, Neb. -- Protecting workers from exposure to hazards in the lawn care and landscaping industry is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and industry representatives within Nebraska. A signing ceremony was held recently at the Quest Center during a safety and health summit of the Greater Omaha chapter of the National Safety Council.
OSHA Health and Safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers. OSHA alliances provide an opportunity to participate in a cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health.
"This alliance will provide information, guidance and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety in the lawn care and landscaping industry" said John L. Henshaw, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. "It will focus on reducing workers' exposure to safety and health hazards in this industry, specifically targeting hazards facing young workers and non-English speaking employees."
Taking part in the signing ceremony with OSHA were representatives of the Nebraska Golf Course Superintendent Association, Nebraska Professional Lawn Care Association, Sports Turf Managers Association, the Nebraska Department of Labor-Workforce Development, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage & Hour Division.
Additional information about the alliance may be obtained by contacting the OSHA area office in Omaha at 402-221-3182.
Since 2001, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created more than 160 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
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