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OSHA Trade Release
March 4, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA, Society of the Plastics Industry Renew Alliance
Focus continues on reducing amputations, ergonomic hazards

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc., (SPI) are extending their agreement to work together in a cooperative relationship to further the safety and health of workers in the plastics industry.

OSHA Administrator John Henshaw and SPI President Donald K. Duncan signed a two-year renewal continuing the Alliance launched in September 2002. The agreement's objective is to provide employers and employees with information and guidance on machine guarding issues that will help identify and eliminate hazards likely to result in amputations, and in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards.

"This is truly a positive work in progress and we want to build upon the successes that have already been recorded," Henshaw said. "This renewal is not only a testament to SPI's desire to keep their industry's workers safe, but it also validates the value of cooperative relationships. This is one of our first Alliances and both OSHA and SPI realize the value this relationship has in respect to worker's lives."

Added Duncan: "Through our relationship with OSHA, SPI has made great strides in providing our members with the tools they need to provide their employees a safe working environment. SPI apprec