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Release Number: 10-236-SEA (10-82)
March 23, 2010
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Phone: 206-553-7620

US Labor Department's OSHA forms alliance with Mechanical Contractors Association and United pipefitters association

SEATTLE -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed an alliance with the Mechanical Contractors Association and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry Locals 26 and 32. It will provide employers and their workers in western Washington with information about programs and training to help reduce workplace hazards and their resulting human and financial costs. A signing ceremony will be held in OSHA's Seattle Regional Office on March 25.

The alliance will include a variety of outreach activities such as training courses, workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions and speakers to promote safety and health training. Efforts also will be made to communicate safety measures through the media and electronic assistance tools. Additionally, priorities will include developing courses for small businesses and employees who speak no or limited English regarding construction safety and health hazards.

"OSHA is pleased to join forces with the Mechanical Contractors Association and organized labor to find new ways to prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the construction industry," said Richard S. Terrill, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle.

The alliance will be signed by Terrill; Mechanical Contractors Association Executive Director Ed Kommers; United Association Local 26 business manager Phillip Dines and United Association Local 32 business manager Larry E. Fritts.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with groups committed to safety and health, including businesses, trade and professional organizations, unions and educational institutions. Together, the agency and organization leverage resources and expertise to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, and share information with employers and employees. The goal is 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.

For more information about OSHA alliances in Washington state, contact OSHA's regional office in Seattle at 206-553-5930.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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