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Region 4 News Release: 13-1264-ATL (195)
July 23, 2013
Contact: Michael D'Aquino    Lindsay Williams
Phone: 404-562-2076    404-562-2078
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov    williams.lindsay.l@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA and the Georgia Hispanic Construction
Association to host a safety and health fair July 28 in Duluth, Ga.

DULUTH, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Georgia Hispanic Construction Association are sponsoring a construction safety and health fair for construction workers and their families on Sunday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT at the Santa Fe Mall in Duluth.

OSHA staff will distribute Spanish-language publications and answer questions about occupational safety and health issues. The fair will also feature a variety of free construction-related workshops, classes and discussions covering residential construction, ladder usage, landscaping, heat illnesses, personal protective equipment and the hazards of dealing with lead and asbestos. There will also be exhibitors and vendors on-site conducting tool and equipment safety demonstrations.

"OSHA is committed to ensuring a safe workplace, and our goal is for workers to recognize good safety practices that employers have a responsibility to implement," said Christi Griffin, director of the Atlanta-West Area Office. "This is an opportunity for Hispanic workers to also involve their families and educate them on the culture of workplace safety and health, so that everyone knows what to expect in a safe workplace."

In addition to its strong outreach program, OSHA has a vigorous enforcement program, having conducted more than 40,961 inspections nationwide last fiscal year and exceeding its inspection goals for the last several years. In fiscal year 2012, OSHA found nearly 78,727 violations of its standards and regulations.

For more information about OSHA, contact Griffin at 678-903-7301. To register for this event and to learn more about the GHCA, email info@georgiahca.org, or contact them at 678-653-5447. The Santa Fe Mall is located at 3750 Venture Drive, Duluth 30096.

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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