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Region 3 News Release: 08-1525-PHI (osha 08-217)
October 27, 2008
Contact: Alisha Brown
Phone: 215-861-5101

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA continues safety and health alliance with Pennsylvania Department of Education to prepare youth for safe work experience

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of Career and Technical Education (Bureau of CTE) have renewed their alliance to promote workplace safety and health for students in career and technical centers and vocational technical schools throughout the state.

Ed Selker, deputy regional administrator for OSHA in Philadelphia, represented the agency at a recent signing ceremony.

"OSHA and the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of Career and Technical Education recognize the value of a collaborative relationship that will help foster workplace safety and health for today's youth and tomorrow's workers," said Selker. "We look forward to continuing this successful effort."

Through the alliance, OSHA area offices in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Allentown, Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Erie) and the Bureau of CTE together will offer students preparing to enter the workforce, through their centers and schools, training that will provide them knowledge and skills to identify safety and health hazards. The alliance also will encourage centers and schools within Pennsylvania to build relationships with OSHA's regional and area offices.

Employers and employees with questions about this and other OSHA alliances may call the agency's Philadelphia Regional Office at 215-861-4900 or visit OSHA's Web site at