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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-05-1023-DAL
Thursday, June 9, 2005
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
GALVESTON, Texas -- Furthering the safety and health of chemical and refinery workers is the goal of a new alliance between the Houston area office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Seminar Committee.
OSHA's 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. A formal signing ceremony was held today at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center in Galveston, as part of a three-day seminar led by industry experts. The seminar is focused on hazards unique to the chemical and refining industries.
"Through this alliance, OSHA and members of the TCC will use forums, roundtable discussions, meetings and conferences to examine workplace safety and health issues in the chemical and refining industry," said Chuck Williams, OSHA area director at the Houston South area office. "We are hopeful that cooperation between TCC and OSHA will help to eliminate fatalities in the chemical and refinery industry."
The Texas Chemical Council, comprised of 85 member companies, is a statewide trade association of chemical manufacturing facilities in Texas. Organized in 1953, TCC was the country's first trade association representing the chemical industry's common interests at the state level. The TCC and its member companies promote the health and safety of chemical industry employees and the public through training, risk assessment and hazard evaluation for the manufacturing, handling, transportation and disposal of chemical products.
Alliances enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to collaborate with OSHA. They provide opportunities to build trust, exchange information about best practices, and leverage resources to maximize worker safety. For more information on this alliance or about forming an alliance or partnership with OSHA's Houston South area office, call (281) 286-0583.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created more than 230 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. 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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