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Region 4 News Release: 12-126-ATL (051)
Feb. 14, 2012
Contact: Michael D'Aquino    Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076    404-562-2078
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov     wald.michael@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA to co-sponsor free safety and health
training March 22 at construction conference in Montgomery, Ala.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is co-sponsoring free safety and health training for employers and workers during the 7th Annual Central Alabama Construction Safety Conference and Expo from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 22, at the Hyundai Training Center, 900 Hyundai Blvd., Montgomery 36105.

The one-day conference is designed to provide information to contractors, workers and others about construction safety and health. Topics to be addressed during the event will include excavation and trenching, fall protection, cranes, hazardous energy lockout/tagout, welding, rigging, silica dust, scaffolding, chemical hazard communication, the National Fire Protection Association's standard for electrical safety and OSHA's record-keeping requirements.

"This free training is a great opportunity for employers and employees to learn how to identify and correct hazards encountered at their work sites," said Jeff Stawowy, OSHA's acting area director in Mobile. "The training sessions will benefit general industry as well as construction industry employers and employees."

The conference is jointly sponsored by OSHA; Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama; the Associated General Contractors, Alabama Chapter; the Home Builders Association of Alabama; Alabama Power Co.; the city of Montgomery; the University of Alabama Safe State Consultation Program; the National Safety Council, Alabama Chapter; the American Subcontractors Association of Alabama; the Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University; Coastal Insurance; Crane Works; and AFS Canteen.

Media interested in additional information or who wish to attend the conference should contact Michael D'Aquino or Michael Wald in the Labor Department's Office of Public Affairs using the contact information above.

The event is free; however, members of the public are required to pre-register by completing an online form available at http://www.soph.uab.edu/dsc/CentralALConstructionSafetyConference_2012.

Companies and others interested in learning more about OSHA's activities to improve employee safety and health in southern and central Alabama can contact the agency's area office in Mobile at 1141 Montlimar Drive, Suite 1006, ZIP code 36609; telephone 251-441-6131.

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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U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The information above is available in large print, Braille, audio tape or disc from the COAST office upon request by calling 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.


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