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Region 3 News Release:     04-1875-PHI (osha 04-132)
Wed., Sept. 22, 2004
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Office: (215) 861-5102

OSHA Launches Alliance with Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
to Help Small Businesses

PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of American (PCI) have joined forces to promote workplace safety and health for the small business community. OSHA and PCI officially began their partnership at a recent signing ceremony.

OSHA Health and Safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations and employers. PCI is a nonprofit trade organization that serves as a voice for over 1,000 companies that write automobile, homeowners, business, and workers' compensation insurance.

The alliance is the result of several years of work between OSHA and PCI in hosting workplace safety seminars called "Safety at Work: Risk Management Techniques for Small Business" Through this alliance, OSHA and PCI will provide PCI members and the small business community with training that emphasizes risk management and safety and health management systems for small businesses.

"It's important for small-business owners to be equipped with the kind of information that will ensure they can provide a safe and healthy environment