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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
October 26, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Focus continues on Information-Sharing to Address Biological Hazards in the Workplace
WASHINGTON -- OSHA Administrator John Henshaw recently signed a two-year renewal of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) Alliance that will continue focusing on the control and mitigation of biological hazards in the workplace.
The renewal for the ABSA Alliance, signed Oct. 13, will continue providing more opportunities for advancing workplace safety and health within the industry. Originally launched on Sept. 23, 2002, the ABSA Alliance identifies emerging biological safety issues and potential methods to address those issues.
"Our Alliance with ABSA has provided the agency with many new tools to address biological safety issues facing American employers and workers today," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "It is important that we continue our collaborative efforts on these vital issues, and we're pleased that ABSA wants to remain our valued partner in improving worker safety and health."
Added ABSA President-Elect Betsy Gilman Duane: "The American Biological Safety Association is very pleased to be able to renew the Alliance with OSHA. The Alliance has been valuable to our members, and we look forward to continuing the collaboration and working with OSHA on mutually beneficial biosafety projects and issues."
ABSA members continue to participate on biological hazard-related editorial boards for various OSHA Safety and Health Topics web pages and electronic assistance tools including: bloodborne pathogens; hazardous waste operations; emergency response; indoor air quality; and Legionnaires' Disease.
ABSA and OSHA will continue to focus on a number of outreach and communication goals to address biological safety issues in the workplace, including the sharing of technical information and best practices, while also providing OSHA with technical advice, information and recommendations on biological safety concerns. Both organizations will work together to identify emerging occupational biological safety issues and develop methods to address them.
Many other information and data-sharing initiatives remain a focus of the Alliance, including joint efforts to encourage employers to incorporate biological safety strategies into their overall safety and health programs.
ABSA was founded in 1984 to promote biosafety as a scientific discipline and serve the growing needs of biosafety professionals in more than 20 countries. The field of biosafety promotes safe laboratory practices, procedures, and proper use of containment equipment and facilities, and stimulates responsible activities among laboratory workers.
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