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OSHA Trade Release
July 19, 2004
OSHA Contact: Bill Wright
Phone (202) 693-1999

Latest Alliance Unites OSHA and BELFOR USA
Highlights Safety and Health Issues in Mold Removal, Motor Vehicle Safety

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and one of the nation's largest disaster restoration companies joined forces today to further the safety and health of workers in the construction and restoration industries.

BELFOR USA signed an Alliance with OSHA to work together on efforts to further safety and health for the company's employees and other workers in the industry. In addition to concentrating on health and safety issues related to mold removal and motor vehicle safety, the Alliance will focus on increasing access to safety and health information for non-English or limited English-speaking workers.

"The professionals at BELFOR USA have a tremendous track record on safety and health issues related to property restoration and recovery," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "We're pleased that they're willing to join with us and share that expertise that will foster a better workplace environment for thousands of workers in the industry. We welcome this valuable relationship."

Added Paul T. Becker, Jr., BELFOR USA's Corporate Safety Manager: "BELFOR has a fervent commitment to the safety of our employees and we are pleased and proud to enter into an Alliance with OSHA. We have a broad range of experience implementing controls to protect employees' health and safety and this Alliance will help to facilitate the sharing of information, guidance