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Region 7 News Release:    OSHA/ 06-123-KAN
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Contact: Norma J. Conrad
Phone: (816) 426-5481


OSHA Renews Alliance with IRS and Nebraska Agencies

OMAHA, Neb. -- An alliance formed two years ago to provide information and resources specifically to small businesses in Nebraska was renewed recently between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Nebraska Department of Revenue, and the Nebraska Department of Labor's Workforce Development Office. Nebraska employers will receive information, training resources, and guidance about workplace safety and health requirements and their tax obligations.

"This alliance has gained national recognition for its unique approach to compliance assistance and outreach through the combined efforts of federal and state agencies," said Charles E. Adkins, CIH, OSHA Regional Administrator in Kansas City. It provides one-stop shopping for employers by making safety, health, and tax obligation information all available in one location."

Adkins explained that this is the first such alliance nationwide with an IRS office and the only joint effort, to date, with a State Department of Revenue. Maximizing the benefits of interagency cooperation gives the alliance the advantage to seize the opportunities available to prevent employee exposure to safety and health hazards and to develop strategies that will reduce and ultimately eliminate fatalities among Nebraska workers.

The alliance will continue to promote the national dialogue on workplace safety and health while educating employers about services and products available to assist with voluntary compliance of federal and state tax obligations.

As with the first alliance, this second, two-year agreement has established education and communication goals that include the development of training and education programs, the dissemination of informational materials, and promotional efforts to encourage employer participation in OSHA's voluntary cooperative programs.

Additional information about the alliance may be obtained by contacting the OSHA area office in Omaha at 402-221-3182.

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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