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Oct. 10, 2006
Contact: Bill Wright
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OSHA, Graphics Arts Coalition Continue Alliance

WASHINGTON -- The development of an electronic assistance tool that focuses on ergonomics for the printing industry highlights OSHAs successful Alliance with the Graphics Arts Coalition (GAC), a relationship OSHA is eager to continue.

Edwin J. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, renewed that Alliance for a second time recently saying the four-year-old agreement is working and much more is still left to be accomplished. "When OSHA first entered into the Alliance with GAC more than four years ago, there was no hesitation by all parties that positive results would be realized for employees throughout the printing industry. That has proven to be the case this is an Alliance that needs to continue. We are proud to extend it."

"Members of GAC remain committed to the Alliance with OSHA; we have found the relationship to be very beneficial as we move towards completion of major initiatives that will improve safety in the workplace," the GAC said in a joint statement. "We look forward to a continued cooperative effort as we focus on other high priority safety and health concerns."

The new ergonomics eTool, including a lithography module, became available on OSHAs Web site last March. OSHA and GAC updated that tool