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OSHA Trade Release
October 1, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA, National Safety Management Society form Alliance
Goal is effective development and implementation of integrated safety management systems

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety Management Society (NSMS) joined in a formal Alliance to protect worker health and safety with a focus on integrated safety management systems and workplace safety and health programs, OSHA Administrator John Henshaw announced today.

"There can be no denying the value of committed management and solid management principles in establishing workplace safety and health," Henshaw said. "NSMS provides safety management expertise and I'm looking forward to working with them as we continue to foster a culture of worker safety and health."

Added James J. Thatcher, NSMS President: "We take great pleasure in signing this Alliance. Compliance with safety standards, safety management systems and building the kind of culture which encourages employee involvement and working as a team are what keeps workers safe and businesses competitive. This Alliance creates and fosters that kind of culture."

OSHA and NSMS have agreed to develop and provide effective safety management systems related training for conferences, meetings, and through NSMS' learning network, when both organizations jointly identify the need. Further, upon request, NSMS will provide OSHA's Training Institute with educational and training materials and resources on issues specific to safety management systems.

The Alliance will also provide a means to raise awareness through spee