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Region 7 News Release:    OSHA 05-1831-KAN
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302


OSHA Joins Seward County Community College in Alliances to Raise Safety and Health Awareness

LIBERAL, KAN. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Seward County Community College (SCCC) have joined forces in two alliances -- one to promote workplace safety and health for workers in the oil and gas industry and another for warehousing industry workers.

OSHA alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers. OSHA has created more than 350 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.

Through one alliance, OSHA will provide SCCC with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety, particularly reducing and preventing exposure to work-related injuries for oil and gas industry workers in the southwest region of Kansas.

The second alliance will provide SCCC and Springhouse Frozen Foods, a local supplier of food to distributors, with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them reduce and prevent work-related injuries for warehousing industry workers in Kansas.

"This cooperative effort is designed to achieve three goals -- better training and education, more outreach and communication, and increased public awareness of workplace safety and health," said OSHA Regional Administrator Charles E. Adkins, CIH.

During these two-year alliances, OSHA and SCCC will work jointly to develo