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Region 5 News Release: 05-2212-CHI
Dec. 20, 2005
Contact: Brad Mitchell
TOLEDO, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio (SCNWO) today signed an alliance to provide safety and health information to employers and employees and share best practices to prevent exposure to workplace hazards.
OSHA alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers. OSHA has created more than 350 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
"This cooperative effort is designed to help foster a culture of prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses," said Jule Jones, OSHA area director in Toledo. "Joining with the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio in this effort will lead to safer workplaces."
During the two-year alliance, OSHA and SCNWO will work together to provide members with information and guidance to help them protect workers' safety and health and increase access to information and training resources. The alliance will develop training and education programs on prevention of accidents, accident investigation and analysis, emergency preparedness, job safety, transportation safety, first aid, ergonomics and other topics.
At conferences and public forums, OSHA and SCNWO will share information regarding best practices and forge innovative solutions to improve workplace safety and health. Information will be distributed at seminars, meetings or workshops to raise awareness and demonstrate commitment to alleviating workplace hazards.
The alliance will also promote and encourage participation in OSHA's cooperative programs. These include compliance assistance, safety and health consultation programs, the Voluntary Protection Programs and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
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.
U.S. Labor Department 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) 693-7773 or TTY (202) 693-7755. The U.S. Department of Labor 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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