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Region 1 News Release: 08-100-BOS/ BOS 2008-029
Tues., Jan. 29, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA joins with Apple Health Care Inc. to enhance safeguards for employees at 24 care facilities in Connecticut and Rhode Island

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed an alliance with Avon, Conn.based Apple Health Care Inc. and the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Conn-OSHA). The alliance will help the employees of Apple's 24 nursing and personal care facilities in Connecticut and Rhode Island reduce their exposure to hazards associated with work in such facilities.

Under the alliance, OSHA and Apple Health Care will develop training and education programs that will increase Apple employees' ability to identify and eliminate hazards associated with their duties and thereby prevent the occurrence of work-related injuries and illnesses. The training will cover musculoskeletal disorders, bloodborne pathogens, noise and other topics identified through surveys.

"This alliance is an ambitious effort to equip employees with a most valuable and useful tool: the knowledge to better identify and prevent work-related hazards," said C. William Freeman III, OSHA's area director in Hartford. "It will provide employees, those most directly affected by occupational hazards, with the opportunity to help focus training to those situations and issues of greatest concern to them."