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Region 5 News Release:    07-1148-CHI
Aug. 16, 2007
Contact: Scott Allen
Phone: (312) 353-6976

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms safety and health alliance with Wisconsin Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association

MADISON, Wis. -- Reducing electrical and other work site hazards, developing stronger training programs, and enhancing safety and health for electricians throughout Wisconsin are the goals of a new alliance among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Wisconsin chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association Inc. (NECA).

"This alliance seeks to reach employees and employers at all levels, and provide them with the knowledge and ability to anticipate, identify and eliminate work-related hazards," said Kimberly Stille, OSHA's area director in Madison.

Established in 1910, NECA is a trade association for the electrical contracting industry and has been a leader in creating uniform electrical codes, safe installation practices and training of electricians.

The alliance partners will work together to develop a safety and health training program, and to encourage the use of voluntary compliance within the association's Wisconsin chapter, which represents contractors that employ more than 2,000 electricians.

OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative partnerships. OSHA currently has more than 470 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act