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Region 7 News Release:    08-377-KAN
March 17, 2008
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms partnership with contractors building the Sedgwick County Arena in Wichita, Kan.

WICHITA, Kan. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed a partnership to ensure the highest level of employee safety and health during the building of the Sedgwick County Arena in Wichita. The new facility will be a 15,000-seat, four-level, multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue.

Representatives from OSHA, the Kansas Consultation Program, Dondlinger Construction Co. and Hunt Construction Group will participate in a signing ceremony March 19 at the construction site. Members of the public who are interested in information about this partnership should contact OSHA's Wichita Area Office at 316-269-6644.

OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. More than 1.4 million employees and 26,000 employers across the U.S. have participated with OSHA in more than 530 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women