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OSHA Trade Release
February 26, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

National Telecommunications Safety Panel Aligns with OSHA
Alliance to Focus on Ergonomics Issues in the Telecommunications Industry

WASHINGTON -- Workers in the telecommunications industry will reap the benefits of an Alliance between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Telecommunications Safety Panel, OSHA Administrator John Henshaw announced today.

"Thousands of workers in the telecommunications industry can benefit from the collaborative relationship we're establishing today," Henshaw said. "We're excited about working with this group of safety professionals who are dedicated to safe workplaces throughout the industry."

Added NTSP Chairman Chuck Slagle: "The NTSP looks forward to collaborating with OSHA in this ergonomic Alliance to encourage companies in the telecommunications industry to address ergonomics issues in the workplace."

The Alliance will focus on providing workers in the telecommunications industry with information, guidance and access to training resources, and sharing best practices and technical knowledge to address ergonomics concerns. Training on ergonomics for the industry will be jointly delivered by OSHA and NTSP at the annual International Telecommunications Safety Conference.

The Alliance calls for cross-training OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in NTSP ergonomic best practices or effective approaches, and encourages liaison with other Alliance participants who are currently addressing the topic.

OSHA and NTSP will develop and share ergonomics information through both print and electronic media and from the org