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Trade News Release
Release Number: USDL 05-1973-NAT
October 13, 2005
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- Informational materials produced by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration are helping employers and workers better address safety and health hazards associated with hurricane clean-up and recovery.
"Our goal is safe and healthy workers," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jonathan L. Snare. "These materials provide concise, expert information that will help workers avoid the vast array of hazards they will encounter during the Gulf Coast clean-up and recovery operations."
OSHA safety and health experts have already developed 37 fact sheets and eight "quick cards"-two-sided, 4-by-9 inch cards with safety and health tips-on hazards such as molds and fungi, downed electrical wires and general decontamination, to name a few. Thousands of these "tools" have been printed, laminated and put in the hands of clean-up and recovery workers throughout the Gulf Coast area.
In response to specific requests from workers and employers, OSHA is developing more quick cards on demolition, hydrogen sulfide, lead in construction, permit-required confined spaces, struck-by hazards during hurricane recovery and tree trimming. Additional information on other topics will be developed on a continuing basis.
Hurricane-related job safety and health information is easily accessible for downloading through OSHA's hurricane recovery page on the Web. This site, which is updated daily, features links to public service announcements to inform workers about hazards related to response and clean-up. Links are provided to safety and health information bulletins focusing on topics such as respiratory protection and workplace precautions against West Nile Virus. Visitors can find information on frequently-asked questions and training programs and also link to other government resources.
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.
U.S. Labor Department (DOL) releases are accessible on the Internet at www.dol.gov. The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format upon request (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which news release when placing your request. Call (202) 693-7765 or TTY (202) 693-7755. DOL is committed to providing America's employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance.
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