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Sept. 4, 2008
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OSHA, National Maritime Safety Association Renew Alliance

WASHINGTON -- An Alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Maritime Safety Association (NMSA) has been renewed to further the promotion of safety and health for employees in the marine cargo handling industry. OSHA and NMSA will concentrate particularly on hazards related to intermodal container lashing and marine terminal traffic.

"It is a privilege to continue working alongside the National Maritime Safety Association as we push for a safer marine cargo handling industry," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "We look forward to developing additional resources and communication methods that help ensure marine terminal operators and their employees arrive home safely each day."

Through the OSHA and NMSA Alliance, NMSA produced the Marine Terminal Traffic Safety Tip Sheet, which is posted on both organizations' Web sites. In addition, OSHA representatives have made presentations on safety and health topics at NMSA's annual meetings in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The Alliance will remain focused on providing NMSA members and others with information and resources to protect employee safety and health. OSHA and NMSA will further the cause of safety and health in the marine cargo handling industry through activities such as the joint promotion of the