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Region 1 News Release: 05-1581-BOS/BOS 2005-218
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074


New OSHA Alliance Focuses on Safety and Health of Vietnamese-American Workers in Western Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Enhancing safe and healthful working conditions for Vietnamese-American workers in western Massachusetts is the goal of a newly-signed alliance between the Springfield area office of the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Springfield branch office of Boat People SOS.

The two organizations will develop training and education programs for Vietnamese-American workers, including at least four educational workshops annually. The training will focus on reducing and preventing workers' exposure to chemicals hazards, falls, struck-by, caught-between and electrical hazards and other unsafe acts or hazards they may encounter while working in a variety of jobs.

"This alliance will allow us to reach a growing community of workers in western Massachusetts," said Ronald E. Morin, OSHA's Springfield area director. "Our goal is to provide Vietnamese-American workers with information and training that will help them identify and eliminate hazards before they harm workers."

Boat People SOS will also be encouraged to build relationships with OSHA's regional and area offices and to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs, such as the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), safety consultation and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

Boat People SOS is a nationwide community organization that seeks to empower, equip and organize Vietnamese-American communities in their progress towards self-sufficiency and integration. The organization provides relief, assistance and support to Vietnamese refugees and immigrants and collaborates with organizations, agencies and ethnic communities that share similar visions, goals and values.

The alliance was signed Aug. 15 in Springfield by Morin and Khanh Nguyen, manager, Boat People SOS, Springfield branch office. For a photograph of the signing, e-mail fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov. For more information about this and other OSHA alliances in western and central Massachusetts, call OSHA's Springfield office at (413) 785-0123.

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 with employers, trade associations and labor. OSHA has created more than 325 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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