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OSHA Trade Release
February 24, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Signs Alliance with Health Physics Society
Will focus on radiological safety and health issues

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has joined with the Health Physics Society (HPS) to highlight safety and health issues for workers exposed to radiological hazards.

The Alliance unites HPS and OSHA on efforts to assist employers and employees in developing a preventive focus for radiological safety and health hazards in workplace environments, particularly related to emergency preparedness.

"We're pleased to be able to work with the Health Physics Society on emerging occupational radiological safety and health issues in the workplace," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "By drawing on the expertise of HPS members, together we can make positive strides in identifying and controlling radiological hazards in the workplace."

"The Health Physics Society is pleased to join with OSHA in the Alliance to build awareness of, to promote, and to encourage radiation safety in the workplace," added Kenneth R. Kase, HPS President. "A key objective through this Alliance is to develop information on the specific skills, knowledge, abilities, and processes that permit radiation safety professionals to contribute most effectively to excellence in safety and health performance."

OSHA and HPS will provide OSHA's Training Institute with educational and training materials and resources on radiological safety, and provide peer review of OSHA technical documents and training curricula on topics relevant to radiological safety issues.

Both organizations will also identify existing and