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Trade News Release
November 3, 2005
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Signs Alliance with the Forest and Paper Industries

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today formed an Alliance with the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the Pulp and Paper Safety Association (PPSA) to further promote worker safety and health, with a focus on preventing exposure to ergonomic-related hazards.

"This Alliance greatly expands OSHA's reach in our effort to provide safety and health information to professionals in these two important industries," said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "We look forward to using our joint expertise to provide workers in the forest and paper-related industries with training and knowledge that will help them stay safe and healthy on the job."

"Our association is very pleased to join with OSHA and PPSA on this important venture," added Sharon Kneiss, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at AF&PA. "We support efforts to reduce musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. We look forward to working together with these organizations and achieving our common objective."

"We are very pleased to join the American Forest & Paper Association in an Alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration," stated Pamela J. Cordier, PPSA Executive Director. "We look forward to assisting both OSHA employees and our industry's workers in determining what ergonomic-related hazards may exist in our production processes and to the development of success stories."