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Region 2 News Release:    6-1307-NEW/BOS 2006-215
Thursday, August 3, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074


OSHA, Rochester Business Alliance, Renew Joint Effort to Promote Workplace Safety and Health

ROCHESTER, N.Y. --The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed an alliance with the Rochester Business Alliance.

First signed in 2003, the purpose of the alliance is to foster a culture of safety and health excellence among the Rochester Business Alliance's 2,900 member organizations in Western and Central New York by providing them with occupational safety and health information and increasing their access to training resources.

The alliance has focused on mentoring and providing health and safety information to companies seeking to improve their existing safety and health programs to enable them to qualify for OSHA's elite Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). Activities included regular meetings to discuss best practices in occupational health and safety between companies participating in VPP and employers wishing to obtain VPP status.

In addition, OSHA and the Rochester Business Alliance have held monthly forums focusing on specific health, safety and environmental topics. A monthly electronic newsletter addresses upcoming safety and health training, new OSHA developments and other topical issues for members of the Rochester Business Alliance, which provides human-resource-related services and comprehensive safety and health assistance to its member companies.

"This alliance is dynamic and forward-looking," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator. "In addition to helping companies address current safety and health issues, it also aids them in taking the next step-developing and implementing safety and health management systems effective enough to qualify for VPP participation."

The alliance was signed Aug. 2 in Rochester by Clark; Arthur Dube, OSHA's Buffalo, N.Y., area director; Chris Adams, OSHA's Syracuse, N.Y., area director; and Sandra Parker, president and chief executive officer of the Rochester Business Alliance. It is one of more than 400 such alliances between OSHA and organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.

OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing effort to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships. For more information about this and other alliances in Western or Central New York, call OSHA's area office in Buffalo at (716) 551-3053 or in Syracuse at (315) 451-0808.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 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 working men and women 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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