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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
Trade News Release
November 1, 2005
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Carwash Association (ICA) have formed an Alliance to further protect the safety and health of members in the professional car wash and car care industry, including small businesses and non-English or limited English speaking employees. The Alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to workplace hazards associated with slips, trips and falls, and addressing hazard communication issues and vehicle operation safety.
"This Alliance is a perfect opportunity to expand our efforts to provide important guidance and training to those in the car wash and car care industry," said Jonathan L. Snare, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "The areas addressed in this Alliance are highly important and we are pleased to join with the ICA to help make this industry as safe as possible."
"Helping car wash operators maximize worker safety and health is a priority," added ICA Executive Director, Mark O. Thorsby, CAE, "and a collaborative relationship with OSHA will allow our organization to share safety and health information and be a valuable resource throughout the car care industry."
OSHA and ICA will encourage ICA's members and others in the car wash/car care industry to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
The Alliance calls for the two organizations to share information on best practices or effective approaches and publicize the results through outreach by ICA and through OSHA or ICA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.
OSHA and ICA will work to provide expertise in developing industry specific materials on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, including slips, trips and falls, and communicate such information to employers and employees in the industry in order to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
Formed in 1955, the ICA has 3,000 members representing 22,000 car wash and detail shop operators and 400 car care industry suppliers, manufacturers and distributors.
A joint team of representatives from the ICA and OSHA will meet regularly to develop an action plan, identify goals and objectives, and track and share information on activities and results of the Alliance.
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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