OSHA, Safety Council of Northwest Ohio Partner on Safety Awareness

December 28, 2005

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio (SCNWO) have signed an alliance to provide safety and health information to employers and employees and share best practices to prevent exposure to workplace hazards.

OSHA alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers. OSHA has created more than 350 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.

“This cooperative effort is designed to help foster a culture of prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses,” said Jule Jones, OSHA area director in Toledo. “Joining with the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio in this effort will lead to safer workplaces.”

During the two-year alliance, OSHA and SCNWO will work together to provide members with information and guidance to help them protect workers’ safety and health and increase access to information and training resources. The alliance will develop training and education programs on prevention of accidents, accident investigation and analysis, emergency preparedness, job safety, transportation safety, first aid, ergonomics and other topics.

At conferences and public forums, OSHA and SCNWO will share information regarding best practices and forge innovative solutions to improve workplace safety and health. Information will be distributed at seminars, meetings or workshops to raise awareness and demonstrate commitment to alleviating workplace hazards.

The alliance will also promote and encourage participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs. These include compliance assistance, safety and health consultation programs, the Voluntary Protection Programs and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

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