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Region 4 News Release   ATL 03-238
Tues., Sept 30, 2003
Contact: Bill Grimes     Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (404) 562-2254    (404) 562-2076

OSHA, Union, Contractors Form Alliance to Reduce Worker Exposure to Electrical Hazards

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an alliance with labor unions and employers in the Southeast to save lives, avoid injuries and teach young workers how to work safely with electricity. This alliance is a voluntary, cooperative effort to promote a national dialogue on workplace safety and health through communication, training and education. OSHA Health and Safety partnerships are part of Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships of labor unions and employers.

The new alliance was formalized in a signing ceremony in College Park, Ga. Alliance members include OSHA's Atlanta regional office, the fifth and tenth districts of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Southeastern Line Constructors Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and the Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship and Training Council (SELCAT).

"This alliance is an example of Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao's commitment to foster compliance assistance for workers and employers to improve health and safety for workers," said Cindy Coe Laseter, OSHA's regional administrator in Atlanta. "It demonstrates that th