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May 16, 2008
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OSHA and the Forging Industry Association renew alliance

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently renewed its Alliance with the Forging Industry Association (FIA). OSHA and FIA will focus on issues related to ergonomics and machine guarding in the forging industry. In addition, the organizations will continue to provide information and training resources to FIA members and others in the industry, including small businesses and individuals with limited English proficiency.

"OSHA and FIA have made positive strides over the past two years in addressing the hazards commonly experienced by employees in this industry, including potential amputations," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "As we continue our Alliance with FIA, we will expand upon our efforts to produce products and resources designed to increase safety and awareness of job hazards."

Through the Alliance, FIA developed three tip sheets for the forging industry titled "Reduce the Risk of Back Injuries," "Help Prevent Eye Injuries" and "Help Prevent Hand Lacerations," which describe possible causes and ways in which to prevent back, eye and hand injuries in the workplace. The FIA-developed "OSHA Cooperative Programs" brochure, and the FIA and OSHA Alliance Web page both highlight OSHA's On-site Consultation and cooperative programs.

"FIA is excited and