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April 8, 2008
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OSHA renews Alliance with the National Telecommunications Safety Panel

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Telecommunications Safety Panel (NTSP) recently renewed their Alliance to continue developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards related to ergonomics.

"Our Alliance with NTSP has resulted in new products and resources to improve the safety and health of employees in the telecommunications industry," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "We look forward to furthering the success our Alliance has had over the past four years as we maintain our goal of preventing ergonomic hazards on the job."

Through the Alliance, NTSP developed the Laptop Computers Fact Sheet that describes strategies for minimizing discomfort when using laptop computers. OSHA continually updates the OSHA and NTSP Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site and provides a link to an Alliance-developed document on NTSP's site titled "Ergonomics Guidelines for Common Job Functions in the Telecommunications Industry." In addition, NTSP developed three profiles of member companies that have implemented successful safety and health programs or best practices that have led to a reduction in work-related injuries. During the past two years, OSHA and Alliance representatives also spoke at conferences and meetings incl