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OSHA Trade Release
June 14, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Agreement highlights safety and health programs for small and independent businesses
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) joined forces today to enhance safety and health throughout the nation's small and independent businesses.
OSHA and the NFIB signed a formal Alliance that will make health and safety information and compliance assistance resources available to all employers, with a particular focus on small and independent businesses, and also helps communicate the need for the implementation of safety and health management systems programs in the workplace.
"Small and independent businesses represent the vast majority of all employers in our country," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "By working with NFIB, we can reach more business owners, managers, and workers to promote workplace safety and health. This is a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of workers."
Added Jack Faris, NFIB President and CEO: "We have been working toward this Alliance for some time now, and NFIB is very pleased that OSHA is showing an even deeper commitment to a cooperative approach to improving workplace safety. Helping small business understand the value of safety will make the workplace even safer for employees and more profitable for their employers."
Together, OSHA and NFIB will develop and promote accessible and user-friendly tools to encourage and help small business owners create and implement effective safety and health management programs in the workplace. Key to this agreement is the testing and development of safety and health resources for small businesses.
NFIB and OSHA will disseminate safety and health information through both organization's websites, and print and electronic media, publications, and safety newsletters, in addition to developing new electronic assistance tools. Representatives of OSHA and NFIB will participate in forums, roundtable discussions or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
Both organizations will also speak, exhibit and appear at conferences, local meetings or other events that address small business issues, including the NFIB Congressional Small Business Summit.
The National Federation of Independent Business is a small business advocacy group. Founded in 1943, NFIB represents the consensus views of its 600,000 members in Washington, D.C., and each state capital.
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. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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