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Region 5 News Release 04-2496-chi
Dec. 20, 2004
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the South Central Wisconsin Association of Occupational Health Nurses, and the Wisconsin Safety and Health Consultation Services have formed an alliance to reduce and eliminate worker exposures to bloodborne pathogens, among many other work-related health hazards for the nursing profession.
OSHA 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.
"This alliance will give Wisconsin occupational health nurses better access to job safety and health information. It will forge an atmosphere of cooperation and assistance among healthcare professionals to eliminate a variety of threats to medical workers, including ergonomic issues, exposure to tuberculosis, chemical handling, and strengthen the cooperative efforts and level of trust already established" said OSHA Area Director Kimberly Stille.
The alliance places a high priority on increasing safety and health awareness. A key goal is to establish a greater level of trust so members of the state association will use OSHA and the state's Health Consultation Service as resources to answer questions or provide compliance assistance.
Representatives of the organizations will develop an action plan and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the alliance. The agreement will remain in place for three years.
Since 2001, OSHA has created more than 200 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. OSHA's Madison Area Office can be reached at (608) 441-5388.
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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