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Region 1 News Release: 06-15-BOS/BOS 2006-009
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

New OSHA Alliance to Benefit Haitian, Spanish and Portuguese Health Care Workers in Southeastern New England

BOSTON -- Safer and more healthful working conditions for Haitian, Spanish and Portuguese speaking health care workers in Boston, southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island is the goal of a new alliance among the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and the International Medical Center for Safety and Emergency Preparedness (IMC-SEP).

OSHA alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's efforts to improve health and safety for workers through cooperative partnerships with employers, trade associations and labor. IMC-SEP is a non-profit organization, based in Hyde Park, Mass., that provides training to medical personnel. Joining in the alliance with IMC-SEP are OSHA's Braintree and Providence area offices and the safety and health consultation services of the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety and the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Alliance participants will develop and deliver training and education programs for Haitian, Spanish and Portuguese speaking employees about hazards encountered by health care workers. Training presented in workers' own languages will focus on ergonomics, needle sticks, bloodborne pathogens and other hazards.

"This alliance seeks to provide a multicultural group of workers with i