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Region 4 News Release: 08-1296-ATL (216)
Sept. 17, 2008
Contact: Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA and Indian River State College form new alliance focused on safety and health of younger employees
Alliance signing slated for Sept. 19 at college's Corporate & Community Training Institute

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is forming a new alliance with Indian River State College's Corporate & Community Training Institute (CCTI) to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses among younger employees in South Florida.

The public and media are invited to attend an alliance signing ceremony on Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. EDT at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Ave., Building E, Room 123, Fort Pierce, Fla.

"Properly trained employees are less likely to engage in unsafe acts and are better equipped to recognize hazardous situations," said Darlene Fossum, OSHA's area director in Ft. Lauderdale. "By linking Indian River State College's expertise in teaching younger employees with OSHA's commitment to workplace safety and health, we can significantly reduce workplace injuries."

A key goal of the alliance is the development of training and education programs for the CCTI at Indian River State College. Emphasis will be on construction industry safety and health principles and practices, development of effective safety and health management systems, and communication of safety and health information to students and staf