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OSHA News Release – Region 1
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 1 News Release: 05-823-BOS/BOS 2005-112
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Enhancing safety and health for workers at one of Maine's largest employers is the goal of a newly signed alliance among the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Marden's Inc. and the Maine Department of Labor's SafetyWorks! program.
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.
Marden's is a retail chain specializing in surplus and salvage goods. The company has approximately 900 employees and 14 retail outlets and three warehouse facilities located throughout Maine. Under the alliance, OSHA, Marden's and Safety Works! will work together to develop and deliver training programs, including OSHA's 10- and 30-hour general industry courses, to Marden's employees.
Training will focus on ergonomics and general warehousing and retail safety and health hazards, and alliance members will jointly address safety and health issues identified through the training. Marden's' worksites also will be encouraged to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs, including the Voluntary Protection Program, safety consultation and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
"This alliance will reach across Maine," said Anthony Lemire, OSHA's acting area director for Maine. "Its goal is to equip workers at Marden's locations with the knowledge and skills to identify and prevent work-related hazards before they cause injury or illness."
Signing the alliance were Lemire; Harold A. Marden, president, Marden's Inc.; and David E.Wacker, director, Workplace Safety and Health Division, Maine Department of Labor. Additional information about the alliance can be obtained from OSHA's Augusta area office at (207) 626-9160.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created more than 300 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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