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June 22, 2006
Bill Wright, OSHA, 202-693-1999
Diane Hurns, ASSE, 847-768-3413
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA, American Pyrotechnics Association Renew Alliance
Focus continues on reducing and preventing work-related accidents involving fireworks

WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr. today signed a two-year renewal of the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) Alliance that will continue to promote a safer and more healthy work environment for employees in the pyrotechnics industry.

The renewal for the OSHA and APA Alliance will continue to provide APA members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. Originally signed on June 9, 2004, the OSHA and APA Alliance focuses on reducing and preventing accidents involving the manufacturing, transportation, storage, sale and handling of commercial display fireworks and consumer fireworks and the use of commercial display fireworks.

"With July 4th right around the corner, it reminds us of the dangers employees face while working with these explosive products and the terrible occupational costs that can occur with their mishandling," Foulke said. "It is crucial that we maintain our collaborative efforts to assure industry employees' health and safety. We're delighted to go on with tapping into APA's know-how, and we look forward to strengthening our relat