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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-05-1050-DAL
Monday, June 13, 2005
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
NEW ORLEANS -- Professional safety workers in Louisiana will benefit from an alliance among the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Acadian Integrated Solutions (AIS) and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).
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 American Society of Safety Engineers conference in New Orleans, La. The 3-day conference, featuring more than 200 sessions and about 300 exhibitors, will focus on safety, health and environmental issues.
"This is an opportunity for OSHA and members of the AIS and TEEX to come together through forums, roundtable discussions, meetings and conferences to discuss safety and health issues specifically associated with falls and trenching and excavation hazards," said Greg Honaker, OSHA area director in Baton Rouge. "This voluntary cooperative relationship will provide training and outreach to maximize worker safety."
The AIS, which employs about 560 workers in Lafayette, La., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Acadian Ambulance Service, which provides safety and regulatory compliance training, as well as medical and safety services. Training courses include asbestos awareness, bloodborne pathogens, confined space awareness and crane operator safety.
TEEX, a member of the Texas A&M University System, employs about 1,000 workers and is the site of OSHA's Southwest training education center for the Dallas region, which comprises the states of Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. For more than 80 years, TEEX's goals have included developing businesses and the economy, protecting people and improving workplace safety.
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 Baton Rouge area office, call (225) 298-5458.
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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