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Region 1 News Release: 05-1493-BOS/BOS 2005-215
Tuesday, August 9, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074


New OSHA Alliance Aims to Safeguard Workers in Rhode Island's Nursery and Landscaping Industry

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for workers in Rhode Island's nursery and landscaping industries is the goal of a newly-signed alliance among the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the R.I. Department of Public Health's Occupational Health and Safety Consultation Program (RI-DOH) and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association (RINLA).

Alliance participants will develop and deliver safety training programs to members of the nursery and landscape association and others. Training will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to such common hazards as chemical exposures, noise, overhead power lines, inadequately guarded portable power tools, mechanical power transmission apparatus, insufficient use of personal protective equipment, musculoskeletal injuries and motor vehicle crashes.

OSHA and RI-DOH personnel and industry participants will be cross-trained in RINLA's best practices. Association members will also be encouraged to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs, such as the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), Consultation Program, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

"Workers in the green industry encounter a wide variety of hazards every day, ranging from chemical and noise exposure to contact