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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-05-1050-DAL
Monday, June 13, 2005
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221

New Alliance Will Aid Professional Safety Workers in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS -- Professional safety workers in Louisiana will benefit from an alliance among the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Acadian Integrated Solutions (AIS) and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

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 American Society of Safety Engineers conference in New Orleans, La. The 3-day conference, featuring more than 200 sessions and about 300 exhibitors, will focus on safety, health and environmental issues.

"This is an opportunity for OSHA and members of the AIS and TEEX to come together through forums, roundtable discussions, meetings and conferences to discuss safety and health issues specifically associated with falls and trenching and excavation hazards," said Greg Honaker, OSHA area director in Baton Rouge. "This voluntary cooperative relationship will provide training and outreach to maximize worker safety."

The AIS, which employs about 560 workers