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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release: 08-1177-CHI
Sept. 18, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
PEORIA, Ill. -- The goals of a new partnership among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), P.J. Hoerr Inc. and the Illinois Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program are to reduce injuries and other worksite hazards, develop stronger training programs, and enhance safety and health during the $30-million construction project of the Methodist North medical building in Peoria.
"We intend to work together to share best practices, and to develop and implement safety and health training to contractors and construction employees," said Nick Walters, OSHA's area director in Peoria. "If we can provide 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."
The three-story medical office building project, with 20 contractors and more than 150 employees working at the site, is expected to take two years to complete.
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 530 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.
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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