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Trade News Release
October 13, 2005
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- Improving worker safety and health in the solid waste-to-energy management industry is the goal of a new Alliance signed today between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Integrated Waste Services Association (IWSA).
Through the OSHA and IWSA Alliance, the organizations will develop training and education programs for IWSA members and others, including small businesses, on reducing and preventing exposure to workplace hazards. Some of the hazards associated with management of municipal solid waste and the generation of electricity from such waste include lead exposure, confined spaces, and unsafe walking and working surfaces.
"Safety and health in the workplace is our top priority," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jonathan L. Snare. "Our Alliance with IWSA will help equip employees with the knowledge, skills and ability to identify and eliminate hazards before they cause injury or illness."
Added Montenay Power Corporation President and IWSA Chairman Stephen Passage: "This cooperative OSHA-IWSA Alliance is the natural outgrowth of the excellent safety programs developed by the men and women who work at our waste-to-energy facilities. IWSA and its members look forward to a continued successful relationship with OSHA."
OSHA and IWSA will provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and on ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and IWSA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
The Alliance also calls for IWSA to share information with OSHA personnel as well as industry safety and health professionals about IWSA's best practices and to publicize results through outreach by IWSA and through OSHA, or IWSA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures. In addition, Alliance members will promote the national dialogue on workplace safety and health by participating in forums, roundtable discussions and stakeholder meetings to forge innovative solutions to hazards in the solid waste-to-energy industry.
IWSA members represent 65 plants, disposing of approximately 84,000 tons of trash each day while generating enough clean energy to supply electricity to about two million homes nationwide.
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 process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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