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OSHA Trade Release
July 28, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association forms Alliance with OSHA
Focal point on forklift safety, recordkeeping issues, lifting strain

WASHINGTON -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) today joined with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses and advance overall workplace safety awareness.

The Alliance signed today between NLBMDA and OSHA is geared to increasing overall safety awareness in the lumber and building materials industry, with a particular focus on preventing forklift accidents, and injuries sustained by lifting.

"We commend this Association for emphasizing employee safety and safe work environments," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "By aligning with us, NLBMDA brings extensive safety and health expertise to the table that will go a long way in ensuring workplace safety for the nearly half million workers they represent."

"Providing a safe work environment has been a priority for our members and continues to be their focus today," added Shawn D. Conrad, President, NLBMDA. "Through our Alliance with OSHA, the industry will be better equipped to conduct safety programs that benefit both employees and employers. With this kind of cooperation we are confident that U.S. companies will make huge strides in moving from safety awareness to safety in practice."

Key to the Alliance is the development of training and education programs and "tool bo