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OSHA Trade Release
Nov. 29, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA Signs Alliance with the
Association for High Technology Distribution
Relationship highlights importance of machine guarding, lockout/tagout procedures

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD) joined forces today to further the safety and health of workers in the machine automation industry.

OSHA and AHTD signed a formal Alliance that will provide industry workers and employers with information and guidance to raise awareness on the importance of proper selection, use, maintenance and installation of machine guarding equipment and the use of lockout/tagout procedures.

"We're pleased to unite with AHTD to promote a better workplace safety and health environment for thousands of workers involved in machine automation," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of those workers by focusing our combined efforts on the workplace hazards most prevalent in the industry."

Added AHTD President, Dan O'Brien: "AHTD is proud to join with OSHA in our effort to improve the level of safety on the factory floor. We look forward to working jointly with OSHA to share information with manufacturers on the latest tools and methods for safeguarding their workers while helping to improve productivity and competitiveness."

The Alliance is designed to promote worker safety and health in industrial workplaces, including small businesses, and to provide industrial workers, supervisors and machine designers with relevant information and access to training resources on machine guarding equipment and proper use of lockout/tagout procedures.

AHTD will work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing and disseminating information on machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures and to offer assistance on the best means to communicate that information to industry workers and employers. Both organizations will participate together in forums, roundtable discussions and stakeholder meetings to discuss workplace hazards in the industry. Additionally, case studies will be developed and disseminated illustrating the business value of workplace safety and health.

OSHA and AHTD will also share information with industry safety and health professionals regarding the Association's best practices or effective approaches and publicize the results through both organization's training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.

Formed in 1985, AHTD consists of 132 automation solution provider companies from throughout the United States and Canada and 77 manufacturers from around the world. The Association's education and training programs provide information on technologies and solutions for machinery operators, supervisors, and designers.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. 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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