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Trade News Release
May 16, 2008
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently renewed its Alliance with the Forging Industry Association (FIA). OSHA and FIA will focus on issues related to ergonomics and machine guarding in the forging industry. In addition, the organizations will continue to provide information and training resources to FIA members and others in the industry, including small businesses and individuals with limited English proficiency.
"OSHA and FIA have made positive strides over the past two years in addressing the hazards commonly experienced by employees in this industry, including potential amputations," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "As we continue our Alliance with FIA, we will expand upon our efforts to produce products and resources designed to increase safety and awareness of job hazards."
Through the Alliance, FIA developed three tip sheets for the forging industry titled "Reduce the Risk of Back Injuries," "Help Prevent Eye Injuries" and "Help Prevent Hand Lacerations," which describe possible causes and ways in which to prevent back, eye and hand injuries in the workplace. The FIA-developed "OSHA Cooperative Programs" brochure, and the FIA and OSHA Alliance Web page both highlight OSHA's On-site Consultation and cooperative programs.
"FIA is excited and pleased about renewing our Alliance with OSHA," said Director of Training Services George Layne. "The cooperative working relationship between OSHA and FIA over the past two years has provided FIA with additional guidance and resources to help improve the health and welfare of our membership." He continued, "FIA's annual reports show a steady decline in reported injuries and illnesses among our member companies, with much of this success being attributed to the increased focus on safety promoted by our Alliance and the assistance provided by our OSHA Alliance team."
FIA is an association of approximately 105 North American forging producers who operate over 150 plants and employ about 45,000 people throughout the U.S. and Canada. The FIA membership's over 80 suppliers provide materials to companies that manufacture or process steel, forging and die stock, tools and equipment. FIA encourages sharing of safety and health programs implemented by its members and recognizes outstanding safety records through annual safety awards.
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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