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Sept. 25, 2008
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OSHA forms a new Alliance with the American Fire Sprinkler Association
Alliance will focus on exposure to material handling, fall hazards and motor vehicle safety issues

WASHINGTON -- A new Alliance was formed today between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) to address reducing and preventing exposure to material handling, as well as fall hazards and issues related to motor vehicle safety.

"Serious injuries can occur while performing tasks commonly associated with fire sprinkler installation. It is our goal to provide useful information and resources to protect the safety and health of these employees," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "We are pleased to join with an organization that strongly believes in promoting safe work practices among its organization's members and others working in this industry."

Through the Alliance, employers and employees in the fire sprinkler and construction industries will receive guidance on material handling and fall hazards and on motor vehicle safety issues. The Alliance will develop training and educational programs addressing these hazards and communicate information through exhibits, conferences, and OSHA- and AFSA-developed Web sites.

AFSA is an international association, organized in 1981, which provides open shop fire sprinkler contractors with education, consultation and industry representation. Working