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Region 3 News Release: 08-594-PHI (osha 08-074)
May 13, 2008
Contact: Leni Fortson
ST. MARYS, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture-Communications Workers of America (IUE-CWA) Local 101 have joined resources to promote workplace safety and health for local members of the lighting industry. OSHA and IUE-CWA Local 101 officially began their alliance today at a signing ceremony in St. Marys.
"Utilizing alliances and partnerships with stakeholders such as IUE-CWA allows OSHA to leverage its resources toward the goal of creating safe workplaces throughout the country," said Edward Selker, director of OSHA's area office in Erie, Pa. "The members of IUE-CWA Local 101 will be served well by the additional safety training made possible by this agreement."
A major goal of the alliance is to develop occupational safety and health training for employees in the lighting industry, particularly in the areas of machine guarding, conveyor safety, hearing protection, hazard communication and employee rights and responsibilities under OSHA.
Employers and employees with questions about this and other OSHA alliances may call the agency's Erie Area Office at 814-461-1492 or visit OSHA's Web site at www.osha.gov (click on "Cooperative Programs").
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative programs. OSHA currently has more than 480 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006) showing the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. OSHA will continue to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safely every day.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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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