Trade News Release
Monday, May 24, 1999
Contact: Jeff Ezell
PHONE : (202) 693-1999
OSHA LAUNCHES WEB PAGE TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESS;
SITE PROVIDES WEALTH OF SAFETY AND HEALTH INFORMATION
Promoting its spirit of cooperation and partnership, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today launched a web site dedicated to providing small businesses with assistance regarding the latest safety and health information.
The web site, which OSHA created in recognition of National Small Business Week, is one of many ways the agency is addressing the needs of these 24 million employers who employ more than 50 percent of the nation's private workforce. OSHA also offers a variety of services, events and publications to help those employers who may not have access to the Internet.
"We realize the importance of small business to the nation's economic well-being and the challenges these employers face," said OSHA Administrator Charles N. Jeffress. "OSHA is committed to providing resources to help them identify hazards and establish safety and health programs that will reduce workplace injuries and illnesses."
Small businesses generate more than half of the nation's gross domestic product and create most of the new jobs in the U.S., according to the Small Business Administration.
The site provides information and links to:
Popular OSHA interactive software advisors
On-site consultation services
OSHA local offices
Small Business Administration
Easy-to-follow guides to specific OSHA standards
On March 4, OSHA held its first small business forum entitled "OSHA and Small Business: New Ways of Working." This event gave smaller employers the opportunity to speak with OSHA experts and staff about various topics, including small business programs, OSHA standards, compliance and training and education. The agency plans to conduct similar forums across the country. A schedule of upcoming forums will be located on the new web site.
The new small business web site is accessible from the agency's homepage at http://www.osha.gov.
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