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Region 1 News Release: 08-566-BOS/BOS 2008-128
Mon., April 28, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

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BOSTON - Assisting the Bay State's occupational health nurses to better protect their clients and themselves against workplace safety and health hazards is the goal of a new alliance among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses (MaOHN) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Division of Occupational Safety's consultation program (DOS).

"Occupational nurses are the professionals who first see and treat on-the-job injuries and illnesses," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's regional administrator for New England. "That puts them on the front line of employee protection. This alliance will help occupational nurses use that unique position to educate employers and employees to identify and eliminate workplace hazards before they sicken or injure employees."

Under the alliance, OSHA's three Massachusetts offices will work with MaOHN and DOS to develop training and education programs for employers and employees as well as for the MaOHN members who serve them. Training for employees and employers will focus on, among others, the hazards posed by exposure to noise, silica and lead in various industries.