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Region 3 News Release: 04-2416-PHI (osha 04-187)
Wed., Dec. 8, 2004
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102
Northeastern Pennsylvania Labor Management Council
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Labor Management Council have joined forces to promote workplace safety and health. The alliance will provide council members and others with training, information, guidance and access to OSHA resources that will help them reduce workplace injury and illness. OSHA and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Labor Management Council officially began their partnership at a signing ceremony on Dec. 3, 2004.
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. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Labor Management Council is an organization of business, labor and community leaders formed to improve relations between labor and management resulting in a positive image, economic growth, and improved quality of life for unions, companies, and the communities served in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
"A key goal will be to develop safety and health programs that involve employers and workers in identifying and controlling hazards," said Andrew Hedesh, OSHA's area director in Wilkes-Barre. "This alliance with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Labor Management Council will certainly advance this important effort."
Through the alliance, OSHA and the council will present a series of four seminars addressing workplace safety and health issues, including: Safety Pays, Preparing for an OSHA Inspection, PENN SAFE, and Workers' Compensation.
The agreement will remain in effect for one-year, and is renewable for one-year periods with the agreement of both parties. The participating OSHA area office in the alliance is in Wilkes-Barre. For more information about the alliance, call (570) 826-6538.
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created more than 230 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
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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