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OSHA Trade Release
July 29, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Aligns with American Council of Independent Laboratories
Focus on agency's Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory program

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) joined forces today to enhance public safety through quality testing of much of the equipment and materials workers use every day.

The Alliance will increase awareness of OSHA's Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) program. OSHA recognized laboratories determine if equipment and products that are specified in the agency's regulations meet consensus-based safety standards and can be used safely in the workplace.

"I'm particularly pleased that ACIL wants to work with us and promote the NRTL program," OSHA Administrator John Henshaw said. "When a testing laboratory places its nationally-registered mark on the products they test, they're certifying the product meets OSHA-endorsed standards. Together, OSHA and ACIL can communicate just how important that program is."

"The OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory program is an indispensable component in ensuring the health and safety of employees in the workplace," added Jerry Weathers, ACIL Chair. "ACIL is pleased to work with OSHA to improve understanding of this program by all sectors and enhance its effectiveness."

Through the Alliance, OSHA and ACIL will educate and train stakeholders about the NRTL program. Fundamental to that education is a review of existing