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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release: 06-1595-chi
September 20, 2006
Contact: Brad Mitchell
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Division of Public Health's Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health joined with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in an effort to inform workers and employers about the risks of ammonia, especially in workplaces where the substance is used as a refrigerant.
"The accidental release of ammonia from refrigeration facilities has resulted in both injuries and deaths," said Kimberly Stille, OSHA area director in Madison, Wis. "This alliance with the state environmental and occupational health unit will aid us to prevent these tragedies in Wisconsin workplaces."
Because refrigeration systems operate at elevated pressures, additional care must be taken to maintain and operate these systems to prevent releases with potentially catastrophic consequences. The alliance will work to develop training, education and prevention/outreach programs for workers and employers. It will allow the two cooperating agencies to share expertise on the issue.
OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing effort to improve health and safety for workers through cooperative partnerships. 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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