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Region 5 News Release:   06-94-CHI
Date: January 17, 2006
Contact: Juan Solano
Phone: 312-353-6976

OSHA Joins State of Illinois in Alliance to Raise Job Safety and Health Awareness

AURORA, Ill. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Illinois Small Business Development Center Network, and the Illinois Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program today signed a new alliance to help small businesses protect employees' health and safety.

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.

"Alliances are one of the cornerstones in our efforts to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses," said Michael G. Connor, OSHA regional administrator in Chicago. "Enlisting the help of the state of Illinois in this effort will further our joint objective of improving safety in small businesses through enhanced communication about safety issues, development of safety programs, and an ongoing commitment to work together."

OSHA area offices in Aurora, Peoria, Chicago North and Calumet City will participate in the initiative. During the three-year alliance, OSHA and the state of Illinois will work together to develop and communicate information to help employers and workers recognize and prevent job-related hazards and to increase access to information and training resources. The alliance will develop safety and health training and education programs to improve business awareness