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May 19, 2005
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999

American Red Cross Joins OSHA in Alliance

WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formed an Alliance today with the American Red Cross that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness and disease prevention education and expanding first aid information for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and youth workers.

"This Alliance with the American Red Cross offers OSHA a unique opportunity to target two very important audiences -- our nation's young workers and employees whose primary language is not English," said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "It's vitally important that we use our joint expertise to provide these workers with the knowledge and training they need to stay safe and healthy on the job."

"The American Red Cross is pleased that the Alliance with OSHA will highlight a very important, mutual goal -- to help workers prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities - by emphasizing the importance of workplace health and safety training," said Alan McCurry, Executive Vice President, Chapter and International Operations of the American Red Cross.

OSHA and the American Red Cross will help prepare employers and employees, including the American Red Cross employees, to respond to disasters, life threatening injuries and emergencies. In addition, the organizations will provide information, guidance, and access to training resources on safety and health to