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OSHA News Release – Region 3
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 3 News Release: 05-292-PHI (osha 020)
Wed., Feb. 23, 2005
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102
to Protect Workers from Ergonomic Injuries
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Workers involved in the bakery industry will be safer thanks to a new partnership announced today by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Pepperidge Farm at its Downingtown, Pa. plant.
"This partnership is a major step forward to ensure the protection of the many workers at Pepperidge Farm," said Richard D. Soltan, regional administrator for OSHA in Philadelphia. "We look forward to helping them continue the important work being done through their ergonomic improvement process."
OSHA's Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations, and employers.
The primary goal of the three-year partnership is to further the cooperative relationship between OSHA and Pepperidge Farm to help reduce work-related injuries and illnesses associated with ergonomic risk factors. Other goals include: improving the ergonomic safety performance at Pepperidge Farm, Inc.'s Downingtown plant by four percent per year; fostering outreach and communication within the safety profession; and promoting a national dialogue addressing musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses.
For more information, contact the Philadelphia OSHA Area office at (215) 597-4955.
Since its Strategic Partnership Program began in 1998, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed more than 300 partnerships, impacting over 13,000 employers and 573,000 employees across the United States.
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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