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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
September 19, 2002
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA, SOCIETY OF THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY FORM ALLIANCE
Goal to Promote Safe and Healthful Workplaces, Reduce Amputations, Ergonomic Hazards

WASHINGTON --The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI) have established an Alliance to promote safe and healthful workplaces in member facilities, announced OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw today.

The Alliance will assist in providing member employers with information and guidance that will help them protect employees, particularly in the identification and elimination of hazards likely to result in amputations, including machine guarding and lockout/tagout; in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards; and to provide training to employers in identifying and controlling these and other hazards.

"Alliances such as this one are the cornerstone in our efforts to enlist the business community's help in making sure workplaces are safe and healthy," said Henshaw. "We must all work together for the common good - that of reducing injuries and illnesses in the workplace across the board."

OSHA and SPI plan to use SPI's newsletters, website, workshops and annual meetings to disseminate information and guidance on workplace safety and health information. The Alliance will also promote and encourage SPI members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection program, Consultation, and mentoring among SPI members. OSHA and SPI will also work together to develop training based on protocols developed in a Strategic Partnership between SPI and OSHA for specific hazards or machinery and deliver it through SPI's learning network and at other appropriate conferences and meetings.

A joint team of representatives from SPI and OSHA will meet regularly to develop an action plan, identify goals and objectives, and track and share information on activities and results of the Alliance.

The Alliance will remain in effect for one year, with annual automatic renewals. It may be modified with the concurrence of all parties. Any signatory may withdraw for any reason with 30 days notice.


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