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OSHA News Release – Region 6
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 6 News Release OSHA-05-188-DAL
Friday, Feb. 11, 2005
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
BATON ROUGE -- Furthering the safety and health of employees working in Louisiana's chemical manufacturing industry is the goal of an alliance signed today between the Baton Rouge area office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA).
OSHA alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers. Through alliances, trade and professional organizations, businesses, labor organizations and education institutions are able to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for training and outreach aimed at preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.
"This is an opportunity for OSHA and members of the chemical manufacturing industry to come together through forums, round table discussions, meetings and conferences to discuss safety and health issues that affect the numerous Louisiana employees of this industry," said Greg Honaker, OSHA area director in Baton Rouge. "The alliance will increase the awareness of the hazards associated with reactive chemicals."
LCA is a statewide trade association representing Louisiana's chemical manufacturers. There are 64 member companies representing 100 sites in the state.
Members of LCA and OSHA will form a team to develop a plan of action based on mutually agreed upon working procedures, roles and responsibilities for the participants. Quarterly meetings will be held to track, analyze and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the alliance.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created more than 240 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. For more information about the OSHA-LCA alliance or about forming an alliance or partnership with OSHA's Baton Rouge area office, call (225) 298-5458.
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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