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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-05-1379-DAL
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221


New Alliance Will Promote Safety and Health
For Electrical Workers in North Texas

DALLAS -- Furthering the safety and health of electrical industry workers in north Texas is the goal of an alliance signed today between the Dallas area office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Dallas Chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC).

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 alliances, trade and professional organizations, businesses, labor organizations and education institutions are able to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for training and outreach aimed at preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.

"This is an opportunity for OSHA and members of the electrical industry to come together through forums, roundtable discussions and meetings to discuss the safety and health issues faced by electrical workers on a daily basis," said Kathryn Delaney, OSHA area director in Dallas. "The alliance will increase awareness of hazards associated with electrical work and various building trades."

IEC is a trade association of more than 3,200 electrical and systems contractors within 75 chapters nationwide. Members of IEC and OSHA will develop a plan of action bas