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Region 5 News Release:   05-2212-CHI
Dec. 20, 2005
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: 312-353-6976

OSHA and Safety Council of Northwest Ohio Form Alliance to Raise Job Safety and Health Awareness

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio (SCNWO) today signed an alliance to provide safety and health information to employers and employees and share best practices to prevent exposure to workplace hazards.

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.

"This cooperative effort is designed to help foster a culture of prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses," said Jule Jones, OSHA area director in Toledo. "Joining with the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio in this effort will lead to safer workplaces."

During the two-year alliance, OSHA and SCNWO will work together to provide members with information and guidance to help them protect workers' safety and health and increase access to information and training resources. The alliance will develop training and education programs on prevention of accidents, accident investigation and analysis, emergency preparedness, job safety, transportation safety, first aid, ergonomics and other topics.

At conferences and public forums, OSHA and SCNWO will share information regarding best practices and forge innovative solutions to improve workplace