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Region 2 News Release:    06-902-NEW / BOS 2006-148
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Contact: John M. Chavez
Phone: (617) 565-2075

OSHA and Metro New York AIHA Chapter Jointly Promote Safety and Health for Young People in the Metropolitan New York City Area

NEW YORK -- Educating youth in the New York City metropolitan area about workplace safety and health is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (Metro NY AIHA).

"This alliance will spearhead an innovative effort to reach young workers and future youth workers with information on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards in places where they may work," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator. "Our goal is to equip these young workers and their employers with the information they need to enter the world of work in a safe and healthy manner."

The alliance will focus on the development of training and education programs for youth regarding, but not limited to, electrical safety, workplace violence, chemical safety and traffic safety. Industries where young workers tend to be employed, such as retail and fast-food, will be targeted by these efforts.

The alliance will be signed on May 31 at the AIHA monthly meeting. OSHA officials joining the alliance will include the Manhattan, Long Island and Tarrytown, N.Y., area offices, as well as the Avenel, N.J., area office. In additi