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Trade News Release
November 1, 2005
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Aligns with International Carwash Association

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Carwash Association (ICA) have formed an Alliance to further protect the safety and health of members in the professional car wash and car care industry, including small businesses and non-English or limited English speaking employees. The Alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to workplace hazards associated with slips, trips and falls, and addressing hazard communication issues and vehicle operation safety.

"This Alliance is a perfect opportunity to expand our efforts to provide important guidance and training to those in the car wash and car care industry," said Jonathan L. Snare, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "The areas addressed in this Alliance are highly important and we are pleased to join with the ICA to help make this industry as safe as possible."

"Helping car wash operators maximize worker safety and health is a priority," added ICA Executive Director, Mark O. Thorsby, CAE, "and a collaborative relationship with OSHA will allow our organization to share safety and health information and be a valuable resource throughout the car care industry."

OSHA and ICA will encourage ICA's members and others in the car wash/car care industry to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.