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Region 2 News Release:     06-117-NEW/BOS 2006-014
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

OSHA Joins with New York State Workers' Compensation Board to Reduce Injuries and Illnesses in Empire State Workplaces

NEW YORK -- Helping New York State employers reduce and prevent their employees' exposure to workplace safety and health hazards is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the New York State Workers' Compensation Board (NYSWCB).

"Our mutual goal is to equip the state's employers and workers with the knowledge to identify workplace hazards and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator. "We will also inform them about the positive impact of safer workplaces on their bottom line."

Under the alliance, the two agencies will work together to develop and deliver training and education programs to NYSWCB constituents that will utilize job hazard analysis, "safety pays" tools and workers' compensation information. They will also share best practices and effective approaches with industry safety and health professionals.

The alliance will encourage NYSWCB constituents to build relationships with OSHA area offices and will encourage their participation in OSHA's cooperative programs, including the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), safety consultation, strategic partnerships and the Safety and Health Achievement Recog