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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release: 06-1062-CHI
June 26, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
CINCINNATI -- Furthering the safety and health of electrical industry workers in Cincinnati is the goal of an alliance signed between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater Cincinnati (IEC).
OSHA's alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers. Through alliances, trade and professional organizations, businesses, labor organizations and education institutions are able to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for training and outreach aimed at preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.
"This is an opportunity for OSHA and members of the electrical industry to come together through forums, roundtable discussions and meetings to discuss the safety and health issues faced by electrical workers," said Richard Gilgrist, OSHA's area director in Cincinnati. "Both OSHA and the IEC are committed to reducing injuries sustained from electrical hazards."
One of the goals of the two-year alliance is to develop information that will help IEC member companies and their employees recognize and prevent electrical safety hazards. Safety and health training and education programs will be provided as well as sharing the best practices and innovative solutions in promoting workplace safety.
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 (SHARP).
For more information on this alliance or about forming an alliance or partnership, call OSHA's Chicago regional office at (312) 353-6976. OSHA has created more than 300 alliances nationwide with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
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.
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