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Region 7 News Release: OSHA/ 05-2122-KAN
Date:Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Contact: Norma J. Conrad
Phone: (816) 426-5481
WICHITA, Kan. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced the start of a statewide local emphasis program aimed at reducing workplace health hazards in the auto body shop industry in Kansas.
Workplace hazards are prevalent in the auto body repair industry. During fiscal year 2004, OSHA inspected 110 auto body shops nationwide and issued a total of 428 citations. Safety and health standards most frequently cited for violations in the industry cover spray finishing, using flammable and combustible materials; respiratory protection; handling, storage and use of flammable and combustible liquids; and hazard communication.
Health hazards often found in auto body work include exposure to solvents, such as isocyanates and other particulates. Under the local emphasis program, OSHA's Wichita office will randomly select for comprehensive health inspections auto body shops in Kansas involved in grinding, painting and sanding.
The agency's goal is to reduce employee exposures to these hazards through education and increased awareness. Training and outreach opportunities will be coordinated by the Wichita OSHA office.
Employers, workers, professional associations and labor organizations may request information on the program by contacting the Wichita OSHA office at (316) 269-6644, or toll-free in Kansas at 1-800-362-2896.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. The role of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration 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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