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OSHA Trade Release
March 22, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA, American Foundry Society Form Alliance
Will highlight personal protective equipment, ventilation and silica

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed an Alliance today with the American Foundry Society highlighting safety and health for workers in the metal casting industry.

"This Alliance affords us an opportunity to build upon the already-strong cooperative relationship we enjoy with AFS," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Workers in the foundry industry will benefit significantly from the goals and objectives we've established here today."

"American Foundry Society and OSHA have a long history of joint efforts to promote safer more healthful workplaces," added Gary Mosher, Vice President of Environmental, Safety and Health at AFS. "We believe formalizing this relationship into an Alliance on a national level is a major step towards increasing worker safety as it relates to the foundry industry. We look forward to our industry working directly with regulators to devise programs that add to these efforts."

OSHA and AFS have agreed to provide the Society's members and others, including small businesses in the metal casting industry, with information, guidance and access to training resources that focus on reducing and preventing silica exposure, as well as addressing other workplace issues, particularly personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilation.

A key goal of the Alliance is to develop training and education programs to address