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Region 5 News Release USDL 04-2014-CHI
Oct. 5, 2004
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976

OSHA, Chicago Medical Society, and Chicago Dental Society Sign Safety and Health Alliance

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced the signing of an alliance with the Chicago Medical Society (CMS) and the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) designed to reduce and eliminate worker exposure to blood-borne pathogens.

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. Alliances provide an opportunity to participate in a cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health.

The alliance, officially signed on Sept. 24, will achieve its goals through the development of training and educational programs, participation in conferences and forums, and sharing of best practices. Specifically, the alliance is designed to protect workers and eliminate their exposure to blood-borne pathogens.

"The significance of this agreement is the proactive approach and commitment of the medical and dental societies and the government to eliminate workplace hazards," OSHA Area Director Diane Turek, Des Plaines, Ill., explained. "Sharing resources and information is the best manner to voluntarily promote safety and health."

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created more than 230 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health