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Region 3 News Release:     04-1875-PHI (osha 04-132)
Wed., Sept. 22, 2004
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Office: (215) 861-5102


OSHA Launches Alliance with Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
to Help Small Businesses

PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of American (PCI) have joined forces to promote workplace safety and health for the small business community. OSHA and PCI officially began their partnership at a recent signing ceremony.

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 through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations and employers. PCI is a nonprofit trade organization that serves as a voice for over 1,000 companies that write automobile, homeowners, business, and workers' compensation insurance.

The alliance is the result of several years of work between OSHA and PCI in hosting workplace safety seminars called "Safety at Work: Risk Management Techniques for Small Business" Through this alliance, OSHA and PCI will provide PCI members and the small business community with training that emphasizes risk management and safety and health management systems for small businesses.

"It's important for small-business owners to be equipped with the kind of information that will ensure they can provide a safe and healthy environment for their workers," said Richard Soltan, OSHA regional administrator in Philadelphia. "We look forward to continuing this relationship with PCI to ensure that members of the small business community are afforded the opportunity to receive this important training."

A major goal of the alliance is to provide expertise to the small business community in the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards.

The regional alliance covers all OSHA area offices in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Both states' OSHA consultation programs also are participating in the alliance. For information, call (215) 861-4900.

Since 2001, the U.S. Labor Department'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. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.


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