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OSHA Trade Release
August 4, 2004
OSHA Contact: Gina Harps
Phone (202) 693-1999


OSHA Urges Federal Employees to Fasten Their Seat Belts
Safety Symposium Focuses on Motor Vehicle Safety

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold a motor vehicle safety symposium to drive the message to the federal workforce that wearing seat belts while traveling on business delivers safe employees. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 10:30 a.m., during the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"Motor vehicle accidents place the health and safety of federal employees at risk daily," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "As part of our responsibility to health and safety in the federal workforce, DOL is committed to promoting successful seat belt programs to all federal agencies." Henshaw noted that a 1996 Executive Order requires federal employees to use seat belts while traveling on federal business.

Public and private workplace safety representatives will participate on two panels to discuss the benefits and impact of a motor vehicle safety program, as well as share best practices. Chuck Hurley, vice president of the Transportation Safety Group, National Safety Council, will serve as moderator.

"Car and truck crashes are the leading cause of Americans being killed on the job," says NHTSA Administrator Jeffrey W. Runge, MD. "We are happy to team up with OSHA to save lives by getting every federal employee buckled up."

Now in its 92nd year, the National Safety Council Congress & Expo will be attended by more than 17,000 safety and health representatives including presidents and chief executive officers, safety directors and managers, engineers, federal and local government, health care professionals, human resource professionals, fleet and safety personnel, risk managers and loss control experts from a variety of industries.


Event: OSHA/NHTSA Motor Vehicle Safety Symposium
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2004
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: National Safety Council Congress & Expo
Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Registration Web site: http://www.osha.gov/dep/fap/fshc59/mv-agenda.html

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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