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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
August 12, 2002
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA, AMERICAN TEXTILE MANUFACTURERS INSTITUTE
FORM ALLIANCE

Goal to Promote Safe and Healthful Workplaces, Reduce
Exposure to Cotton Dust, Other Hazards

Washington -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) today established an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions in the textile industry by providing ATMI members with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to cotton dust, noise, and the hazards of unintended release of mechanical, electrical or other energy.

"I congratulate ATMI for demonstrating their commitment to safety and health," said John Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. "This alliance helps demonstrate that safety and health add value to the workplace and to the individual worker, and it is an important feature in our commitment to cooperative efforts with other groups and organizations to improve workplace safety."

OSHA and ATMI have committed to work together to look for opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information through print and electronic means, particularly their respective websites. Each party will also promote and encourage the participation of ATMI members in OSHA's cooperative programs, such as compliance assistance,