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

The Dow Chemical Company Renews Alliance with OSHA
Process Safety Management, Ergonomics remain areas of concentration

WASHINGTON -- OSHA Administrator John Henshaw today signed an Alliance renewal with The Dow Chemical Company extending the agreement for an additional two years.

"Working with The Dow Chemical Company over the past year and a half has shown that the progress we've made will be enhanced by continuing our Alliance," Henshaw said. "I'm pleased that Dow wants to continue working with us in a collaborative relationship."

Added David Graham, Dow's Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety: "We're excited at the opportunity to renew our Alliance with OSHA. Working directly together allows both of us to pool our collective technical expertise to lead to ever-improving worker safety."

OSHA and Dow Chemical's Alliance was first signed in January 2003 to allow both organizations to work together on providing technical knowledge and guidance on process safety management (PSM), reducing exposure to ergonomic-related hazards, and improving overall workplace safety and health programs. (OSHA's PSM standard establishes requirements to prevent or minimize the potential for fire or explosion due to dangerous chemicals).

Since then, OSHA and Dow have presented workshops on the PSM standard and reactive chemicals