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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release: 08-1220-CHI
Sept. 18, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The goals of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), Central Ohio Chapter, are to reduce injuries and other worksite hazards, develop stronger training programs, and enhance safety and health in the building industry within central Ohio.
"The principal focus of this partnership will be working together to share best practices, and to develop and implement safety and health programs to contractors and construction employees," said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA's area director in Columbus. "If we can provide these employers and their employees with the knowledge and ability to anticipate, identify and eliminate work-related hazards, we will get that much closer to eliminating job-related injuries."
ABC represents nearly 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related businesses in 78 chapters across the United States. ABC's Central Ohio Chapter has nearly 140 local member companies.
OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. More than 1.4 million employees and more than 26,000 employers across the United States have participated with OSHA in more than 534 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.
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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