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Region 5 News Release: 11-1202-CHI
Aug. 29, 2011
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976      312-353-4807
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA establishes alliance with
Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee

TOLEDO, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has entered into an alliance with the Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. The alliance will aim to provide the committee's members with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect the safety and health of workers by reducing exposure to electrical, confined space and fall hazards.

"This alliance reflects a mutual recognition of the importance of workers' safety and health," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "We want to ensure that all companies are prepared to effectively control the hazards workers may face. Alliances such as this one help develop effective safety programs, while also opening the lines of communication among OSHA, employers and workers."

The voluntary alliance is focused on identifying and controlling safety hazards, improving safety and health programs, promoting a cooperative relationship between labor and management, and encouraging employee participation in achieving a safe and healthful workplace. It aims to meet these goals through increased training, implementation of best work practices, and compliance with applicable OSHA standards and regulations.

Through the Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA programmed inspections. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/index.html.

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 ensure 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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