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Region 2 News Release:    07-491-NEW/BOS 2007-082
April 10, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA unites with MAST to help Southern Tier's manufacturers excel in workplace safety and health

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. -- Helping Southern Tier manufacturers provide safer and healthier workplaces for their employees is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST), which is based in Jamestown.

OSHA and MAST jointly will provide small businesses with information, guidance and access to training resources, with an emphasis on reducing hazards typically encountered in a manufacturing environment. Presentations will include OSHA's 10-hour general industry safety and health course, along with other programs on establishing and implementing effective safety and health management systems.

"An effective safety and health management system is a key tool for safeguarding employees," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator in Manhattan. "Establishing such a system enables workers and management to anticipate, identify and eliminate occupational hazards before employees get hurt."

This alliance will guide small businesses toward acceptance into OSHA's elite Voluntary Protection Programs by helping them improve their existing safety and health programs. OSHA and MAST will share best practices and effective approaches, and encourage MAST member work