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Region 5 News Release: 09-1432-CHI
Nov. 30, 2009
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976

Chippewa Valley Technical College renews alliance with US Labor Department's OSHA
Agreement highlights training to combat threats to worker safety and health

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Workers in the greater Eau Claire area will continue to benefit from the extension of an alliance between the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) designed to reduce and prevent some of the most common workplace injuries and illness threats.

The CVTC and OSHA's area office in Eau Claire signed the formal alliance to develop training programs and materials that focus on relevant health and safety issues. Over the past two years, the alliance has provided workplace safety and health courses for employees, supervisors and management officials employed in the CVTC district and all areas covered by the alliance.

"This alliance continues to help us combat all kinds of hazards through the development and presentation of programs designed to keep working men and women safe on the job," said OSHA Area Director Mark Hysell in Eau Claire. "Working with an organization that has the stature and reputation of the Chippewa Valley Technical College to combat these issues ultimately will make area workplaces safer places to be."

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with groups committed to safety and health, including businesses, trade or professional organizations, unions and educational institutions, to leverage resources and expertise to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and share information with employers and employees to help prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace. OSHA and the organization sign a formal agreement with goals that address training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA's role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for America's men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach and education. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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