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Region 5 News Release USDL 04-2059-CHI
Oct. 18, 2004
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976
OSHA, Illinois Health Care Association to Sign Safety and Health Alliance
DECATUR, Ill. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will sign an alliance with the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA) on Tuesday, Oct. 19 in Decatur, Ill. The alliance is designed to reduce and eliminate lower back and other ergonomic injuries, among many workplace safety hazards faced by healthcare workers.
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 signing will take place at Richland Community College, Shilling Center, Decatur, Ill., at 3:00 p.m. The pledge to work cooperatively will provide IHCA members and others with guidance, information and access to training resources designed to help them reduce and prevent exposure to blood-borne pathogens, ergonomic, chemical, electrical and physical hazards.
"The significance of this agreement is the proactive approach and commitment of a fine organization that supports long term care facilities throughout the state, and the government to eliminate workplace hazards," OSHA Regional Administrator Micha