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Region 5 News Release: 08-1220-CHI
Sept. 18, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms safety and health partnership with Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. in central Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The goals of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), Central Ohio Chapter, are to reduce injuries and other worksite hazards, develop stronger training programs, and enhance safety and health in the building industry within central Ohio.

"The principal focus of this partnership will be working together to share best practices, and to develop and implement safety and health programs to contractors and construction employees," said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA's area director in Columbus. "If we can provide these employers and their employees with the knowledge and ability to anticipate, identify and eliminate work-related hazards, we will get that much closer to eliminating job-related injuries."

ABC represents nearly 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related businesses in 78 chapters across the United States. ABC's Central Ohio Chapter has nearly 140 local member companies.

OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. More than 1.4 million employees and more than 26,000 employers a