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OSHA News Release – Region 7
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 6 News Release: OSHA 07-104-KAN
Jan. 23, 2007
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302
Kansas City, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the start of a Local Emphasis Program (LEP) in western Missouri aimed at reducing workplace health hazards in the auto body shop industry.
Health hazards common to auto body work include exposure to solvents, exposure to chemical sensitizers including a group of compounds known as isocyanates, exposure to various metals and metal compounds contained in spray finishes and exposure to particulates. Under the LEP, OSHA's area office in Kansas City will randomly select for comprehensive health inspections auto body shops in western Missouri involved in grinding, painting and sanding.
The agency's goal is to reduce employee exposures to these hazards through education and increased awareness. Training and outreach opportunities will be coordinated by the area office.
Employers, employees, professional associations and labor organizations may request information on the program by contacting the Kansas City area office of OSHA at (816) 483-9531 or toll-free in Missouri at 1-(800) 892-2674.
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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