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Sept. 19, 2008
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OSHA and the American Supply Association form new Alliance
Material handling and forklift operations hazards to be addressed

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Supply Association (ASA) recently formed a new Alliance to offer guidance, information and training resources to protect employees from hazards related to material handling and forklift operations, as well as hazard communication issues.

"Our new Alliance with ASA will serve as a catalyst for providing important safety and health information to better protect employees from worksite hazards," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "OSHA has more than 500 alliances nationwide committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. We are pleased to join forces with ASA and look forward to developing effective approaches to educate its members and other employees working in the supply industry."

The Alliance will communicate safety and health information through its representatives speaking and exhibiting at conventions, conferences, workshops, and seminars. Additionally, the Alliance will collaborate on creating OSHA and ASA Alliance Web sites and developing print and electronic assistance tools. Furthermore, the Alliance will develop case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health.

"The American Supply Association is very pleased to enter into this important Alliance with OSHA," said ASA Pres