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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-05-1023-DAL
Thursday, June 9, 2005
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221


Alliance Aims at More Safety for Chemical and Refinery Workers

GALVESTON, Texas -- Furthering the safety and health of chemical and refinery workers is the goal of a new alliance between the Houston area office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Seminar Committee.

OSHA's 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. A formal signing ceremony was held today at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center in Galveston, as part of a three-day seminar led by industry experts. The seminar is focused on hazards unique to the chemical and refining industries.

"Through this alliance, OSHA and members of the TCC will use forums, roundtable discussions, meetings and conferences to examine workplace safety and health issues in the chemical and refining industry," said Chuck Williams, OSHA area director at the Houston South area office. "We are hopeful that cooperation between TCC and OSHA will help to eliminate fatalities in the chemical and refinery industry."

The Texas Chemical Council