OSHA, Granite State ASSE Chapter, Partner to Reduce N.H. Workers’ Exposure to Hazards

April 24, 2005

Protecting New Hampshire workers against construction hazards, bloodborne pathogens, musculoskeletal disorders and other safety and health risks is the goal of a newly-signed alliance between the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Granite State Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (GSC-ASSE).

“OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships,” said Marthe Kent, OSHA’s New England regional administrator. “Alliances such as this allow both parties to leverage their skills and resources on behalf of the Granite State’s workers.”

Founded in 1911, ASSE is a society of safety professionals, including certified safety professionals, certified industrial hygienists and other specialists, managers and supervisors. ASSE’s membership researches and consults on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in industry, government, education, labor and insurance.

“Working together with the ASSE, we hope to reach a greater number and wider range of workers in New Hampshire with information and training to help them identify and prevent hazards to their safety and health,” said Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA’s New Hampshire area director.

Under the alliance, OSHA and GSC-ASSE will develop and deliver information, training and guidance to employers and workers, including education programs focused on construction safety, blood borne pathogens, and ergonomics.

The alliance will also establish procedures and avenues for GSC-ASSE members to mentor and assist OSHA personnel in their advancement toward professional certification.

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