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Region 2 News Release:    06-1306-NEW/BOS 2006-217
Friday, Aug. 4, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

OSHA Renews Alliance with Small Business Development Centers to Promote Safe and Healthful Workplaces in Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo area office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its alliance with the New York Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) located at Buffalo State College, Niagara Community College, Jamestown Community College and SUNY Brockport/Rochester MetroCenter/SUNY Geneseo.

"This alliance focuses on providing information and training to small businesses in Western New York that seek to improve their existing safety and health programs," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator. "The response and participation during the past two years has been excellent."

To date, alliance members have conducted 66 training seminars on 11 different safety and health topics. Additionally, nine 10-hour OSHA safety courses were held throughout the alliance region, and 327 people completed these classes. The alliance, signed in 2004, encompasses the 10 Western New York counties.

"These sessions have provided the region's small businesses with the knowledge and training to improve safety and health and reduce injuries and illnesses in their workplaces," said Arthur Dube, OSHA's Buffalo area director. "We will continue working with the SBDC