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May 1, 2006
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA, ASSE, Industry Groups Team up to Increase Job Safety for North American Safety and Health Week

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), today kicked off North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) which aims to increase public awareness on the importance of workplace safety for young workers. The event-which runs April 30 through May 6-supports OSHA's Alliance with ASSE to advance a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.

"This is the perfect opportunity to focus on our efforts to help our most vulnerable workers-young people-many of whom will begin their first jobs this spring or summer," said Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "Together, we will address ways to provide youth, their parents and their employers with the tools they need to protect our next generation of workers."

"Most young people entering the workplace are not as sensitive to risks associated with the job as they should be," ASSE President Jack Dobson, Jr., CSP, said. "It is vitally important that we get this information out and into the hands of the folks that need it, such as young workers. Employers should also help new workers understand risks associated with the job and their responsibiliti