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OSHA Trade Release
Friday, October 15, 2004
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- OSHA today entered into a partnership with the U.S. Department of the Army that is designed to improve safety and health for the Army's civilian workforce at 21 military installations across the country.
"We are committed to help Federal Agencies improve workplace safety and health," said OSHA administrator John Henshaw. "This partnership with the Army is an excellent opportunity to share the knowledge and best practices in both agencies to further improve safety and health among civilian personnel at Army installations."
The partnership agreement supports the goals of the President's Safety, Health, and Return-to-Employment (SHARE) Initiative. The Army and OSHA will work in partnership to accomplish six key goals:
- Reduce civilian workforce fatalities, injuries, and illnesses at each participating Army installation by at least 3% per year.
- Expand awareness of the value of effective safety and health management systems.
- Reduce total case rates and severity rates related to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
- Share best practices and successes with other Army installations and similar worksites in other industries.
- Expand the Army's participation in VPP.
- Convey civilian workforce safety and health best practices and injury/illness reduction lessons learned to Army military personnel.
The agreement also calls for the identification of key tasks and processes that cause MSDs, and the development of guidance to address and correct the MSD hazards at all participating installations with similar jobs or procedures.
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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