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Trade News Release
October 27, 2005
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA, National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association Renew Alliance
Focus continues on recordkeeping issues, forklift safety, lifting strains

WASHINGTON -- Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jonathan L. Snare today signed a two-year renewal of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) Alliance to help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses and advance overall workplace safety awareness.

The renewal for the NLBMDA Alliance will continue to focus on increasing overall safety awareness in the lumber and building materials industry, with a particular emphasis on recordkeeping issues and prevention of forklift accidents and lifting strains. Originally signed on July 28, 2003, the NLBMDA Alliance identifies emerging safety and health issues and potential methods for responding to those issues.

"Our Alliance with NLBMDA will help to continually raise awareness about OSHA requirements by providing information and training resources for industry employers and workers," Snare said. "It has also helped to identify the need for important compliance assistance information specific to the industry."

Added NLBMDA President Shawn Conrad: "NLBMDA is excited to renew our Alliance with OSHA. The Alliance continues to be a beneficial relationship for our industry. The accomplishments of the first two years brought many new safety resources to lumber and building material dealers and the Association looks for