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OSHA Trade Release
February 17, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
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OSHA Aligns with International Warehouse Logistics Association
Alliance will focus on materials handling, forklift safety and hazard communication

WASHINGTON -- Working with owners and operators in the warehousing industry to provide information, guidance and access to training resources is the foundation of OSHA's newest national Alliance, formalized today in Washington.

The International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) joined with OSHA to improve worker safety and health in the areas of forklift operations, materials handling, and hazard communication and chemical safety.

"The Alliance we're signing today will enhance the safety and health of thousands of workers employed in the warehouse logistics industry," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Together with our IWLA partners, we'll be able to provide valuable information and training resources on issues directly related to the warehouse industry, and I'm particularly pleased we'll be focusing on forklift safety and youth workers."

Added Joel R. Hoiland, IWLA President and Chief Executive Officer: "I'm pleased to enter into this important Alliance with OSHA on behalf of the more than 500 warehouse and logistics companies IWLA represents. IWLA has always recognized the importance of safer and more healthful workplaces, devoting a great deal of time and resources to educating our members in this regard. Working in conjunction with OSHA, we hope to expand these efforts."

A key feature of the Alliance