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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
OSHA Trade Release
July 7, 2004
OSHA Contact: Bill Wright
Phone (202) 693-1999
Alliance unites OSHA with three major trade associations representing the steel industry
WASHINGTON -- Enhancing worker safety and health in the nation's steel industry and downstream manufacturers is the focus of a new Alliance between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and three major trade associations representing basic and specialty steel producers in North America.
Known collectively as The Steel Group, the organizations include the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), and the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA).
"This is a tremendous opportunity to work together to continue to improve injury and illness prevention for thousands of workers in the steel industry," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "This Alliance is the beginning of what I hope to be a long and productive association with the steel industry that focuses on the value of worker safety and health."
"We are pleased that OSHA is committed to expanding its cooperative approach to improve workplace safety," added David S. Sutherland, Chairman, American Iron and Steel Institute, speaking for the group. "OSHA working with steel producers to help employees understand the value of safety can only serve to enhance benefits for both employees and their employers."
The Alliance's goal is to provide the steel manufacturing industry, including downstream manufacturers, with information, guidance and mentoring to further employees' health and safety. Key elements of the Alliance are the development of a steel industry safety and health management process reference tool for the industry, and the development of electronic assistance tools relative to safety and health issues in the industry.
OSHA and The Steel Group will develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media that serve the steel industry, including links to web sites maintained by OSHA and each of the groups' individual organizations. Additionally, cross training will be offered between OSHA personnel and steel industry safety and health professionals in issues specific to the industry, as jointly determined by The Steel Group and the agency.
The Steel Group and OSHA will also explore opportunities to establish forums at steel-related conferences and meetings to discuss injuries and illnesses that may occur in steel industry plants. Finally, the Alliance also calls for the participants to speak, exhibit or appear at various conferences, local meetings or other events that serve the steel industry to promote the prevention of workplace injuries or illnesses.
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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