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Region 7 News Release:    OSHA/06-1782-KAN
Date: October 13, 2006
Contact: Norma J. Conrad
Phone: (816) 426-5481

OSHA Renews Alliance with Safety Council of the Ozarks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Safety Council of the Ozarks (SCO) agreed to renew their alliance to improve health and safety in the workplace through training and education, especially for small businesses.

OSHA Regional Administrator Charles E. Adkins, CIH said, "OSHA and SCO will work together to develop and deliver comprehensive safety and health management systems programs for both SCO members and nonmembers. We are pleased to continue this two-year program to assist employers in their efforts to comply with safety and health standards."

Outreach and communication goals of the alliance will include broad distribution of safety and health information through print and electronic media; website postings; exhibits and speeches during SCO conferences, local meetings, and awards ceremonies. Also the alliance will promote and encourage SCO members participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

OSHA alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These alliances ha