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Region 9 News Release: 08-1230-SAN (SF-93)
Aug. 28, 2008
Contact: Roger Gayman
Phone: 415-625-2631

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA, Cal/OSHA and International Association of Foundation Drilling to form safety and health alliance
Alliance signing slated for Sept. 2 in Oakland, Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) and the West Coast Chapter of the International Association of Foundation Drilling (WCC-ADSC) will celebrate their forming a safety and health alliance with a signing ceremony on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. PDT at the Oakland Federal Building, first floor rotunda, 1301 Clay St., Oakland, Calif.

The alliance will provide WCC-ADSC members and others in the foundation drilling industry, including small businesses and non-English or limited English speaking employees, with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. Federal and state OSHA, as well as the WCC-ADSC, will focus on safety and health issues including fall protection; silica, pinch-point and equipment operation hazards; and natural gas hazards associated with drilling and tunneling.

"Preventing occupational injuries and illnesses is our goal," said Ken Atha, regional administrator for federal OSHA in San Francisco. "This alliance will provide WCC-ADSC members and others in the foundation drilling industry with information on drilling and tunneling hazards and safeguards that will help them increase their ability to identif