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OSHA Trade Release
June 14, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999


National Federation of Independent Business Aligns with OSHA
Agreement highlights safety and health programs for small and independent businesses

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) joined forces today to enhance safety and health throughout the nation's small and independent businesses.

OSHA and the NFIB signed a formal Alliance that will make health and safety information and compliance assistance resources available to all employers, with a particular focus on small and independent businesses, and also helps communicate the need for the implementation of safety and health management systems programs in the workplace.

"Small and independent businesses represent the vast majority of all employers in our country," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "By working with NFIB, we can reach more business owners, managers, and workers to promote workplace safety and health. This is a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of workers."

Added Jack Faris, NFIB President and CEO: "We have been working toward this Alliance for some time now, and NFIB is very pleased that OSHA is showing an even deeper commitment to a cooperative approach to improving workplace safety. Helping small business understand the value of safety will make the workplace even safer for employees and more profitable for their employers."

Together, OSHA and NFIB will develop and promote accessible and user-friendly tools to encourage and help small business owners create