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Region 2 News Release: 08-995-NEW/BOS 2008-229
Thurs., Aug. 7, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA renews successful alliance with Manufacturers Association of Central New York
Companies and employees receive safety mentoring and training to enhance workplace safety

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today renewed its successful alliance with the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) to provide the region's manufacturing industries with information, guidance and training to help reduce and prevent workplace hazards.

"This is an exemplary alliance, marked by the quality and consistency of training and commitment by all parties," said Christopher Adams, OSHA's area director in Syracuse. "Through it, we've been able to reach hundreds of employees and dozens of manufacturers in central New York with vital training and information."

A key component of the alliance, which was created in 2004, is its mentoring program, under which large manufacturing businesses with in-house safety departments, and safety and health managers, partner with and mentor smaller businesses.

"An effective safety and health management system is a critical tool for reducing hazards and enhancing workplace safety and health," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator in New York. "To date, five small companies have requested and received mentoring, and we expect more to take advantage of this program."

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