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July 5, 2006
Contact: Bill Wright
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OSHAs Alliance with Airline Group Renewed
Ergonomics Issues in Baggage Handling Remains Focus of Four-Year-Old Alliance

WASHINGTON -- An Alliance formed nearly four years ago among OSHA, a group of 12 airlines, and the National Safety Councils (NSC) International Air Transport Section was renewed recently to continue exploring ways to address ergonomic issues associated with the handling of passenger-checked baggage.

OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke signed the renewal June 14, keeping one of the agencys first Alliance Program agreements front and center in furthering workplace safety and health.

"This Alliance was developed with the hope of a continuing relationship with the airline industry that would focus on results," said Foulke. "Now, nearly four years later, we are continuing that successful collaborative effort to improve the workplace environment for a major portion of the aviation industry. The groups eagerness to continue this relationship demonstrates just how much we can do together for the safety of employees."

"We think the fact that were renewing this OSHA Alliance for a fourth year is the most substantive statement we can make regarding the benefits to be repeated from a collaborative effort between industry and a regulatory agency," added Captain K