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OSHA Trade Release
July 12, 2004
OSHA Contact: Bill Wright
Phone (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The nation's oldest and largest meat and poultry trade association has agreed to extend its Alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), OSHA Administrator John Henshaw announced today.
Henshaw signed a two-year renewal for the American Meat Institute's (AMI) Alliance that will continue providing more opportunities for advancing workplace safety and health within the industry.
"Our Alliance with AMI has facilitated greater opportunities to work together with the meat industry to address industry-specific issues, including ergonomics," Henshaw said. "The result has been a number of products and programs that will enhance the safety and health of workers in the industry. It's important that we continue that progress, and we're pleased that AMI wants to continue this productive relationship."
Added AMI President J. Patrick Boyle: "The meat industry's Alliance with OSHA is a positive, constructive strategy for enhancing worker safety in meat plants. Our joint efforts, nearly two years old now, have yielded tangible results. We're pleased to extend this partnership for a second two-year period and we're confident that it will continue to yield positive results."
A direct byproduct of the Alliance is the participation of AMI's implementation team in maintaining and updating OSHA's Safety and Health Topics page, OSHA Assistance for the Meat Packing Industry. Six experts within the meat industry now review the page on a regular basis. OSHA and AMI also held a workshop for OSHA staff, including state plan states and consultation projects in the Atlanta region. The workshop discussed hazards in the meat processing workplace, and various safety and health programs that meat industry employers have implemented. AMI also participated in the development and review of the first section for OSHA's web-based training tool ("eTool") for ammonia refrigeration, expected to be available on OSHA's website later this summer.
The renewal calls for a continued focus on reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards and jointly disseminating information and guidance in Spanish and other languages.
The American Meat Institute, founded in 1906, represents all spectrums of the meat and poultry industry from large, multinational companies to small, family-owned businesses.
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