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Region 2 News Release: 6-1308-NEW/BOS 2006-216
Thursday, August 3, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo area office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today renewed its alliance with the Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY Inc.
First signed in 2003, the alliance provides construction-related safety and health training to the Construction Exchange's 450 member companies, particularly smaller contractors, and to students enrolled in the building trades program in the region's vocational schools.
"This alliance is particularly promising because it impacts current and future construction workers," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator. "By providing important, relevant training and information to contractors and students, we seek to reduce construction injuries and illnesses."
As part of the alliance, the Construction Exchange adopted Buffalo's McKinley High School to help its students enter the construction industry. Thirty-four students in the program have completed OSHA's 10-hour construction safety course.
OSHA and the Construction Exchange also held a well-attended seminar that discussed and explained the roles and responsibilities of construction site supervisors, superintendents and foremen. OSHA has supplied the Construction Exchange with articles and enforcement statistics for distribution to its members through an electronic newsletter.
"With the renewal of this alliance, we look forward to working with the Construction Exchange to continue promoting a culture of safety and health in Western New York's construction industry," said Arthur Dube, OSHA's Buffalo area director.
The Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY Inc. is a nonprofit organization that serves its member companies in Western New York. The alliance renewal was signed at the Exchange's office in Tonawanda, N.Y. Clark, Dube and James Logan, the Exchange's executive director, signed the alliance renewal. Information about OSHA alliances in Western New York may be obtained by calling (716) 551-3053.
OSHA safety and health 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. OSHA has created more than 400 alliances nationwide with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 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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