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Region 7 News Release:    USDL 04-1408-DEN
Date: August 3, 2004
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302

OSHA, North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education Form Alliance

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (DCTE) have signed an alliance on behalf of high schools and postsecondary institutions in the state. The goal of the alliance, signed on July 29, 2004, and in effect for two years, is to develop training and education programs that integrate safety and health education into the curriculum of career and technical programs.

The alliance will provide information, guidance and access to training resources to help protect students and employees' health and safety and, in particular, reduce and prevent exposure to hazards associated with the building and trades industry.

"DCTE has demonstrated commitment to workplace safety and health," said Bruce Beelman, OSHA area director in Bismarck. "The education and well-being of our youth are of utmost importance. Through this alliance we will address OSHA's goal of reducing fatalities, injuries and illnesses in the workplace."

OSHA will share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding DCTE's best practices or effective approaches. Results will be p