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September 23, 2002
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999

Goal is Collaboration, Information-Sharing to Address
Biological Hazards in the Workplace

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) have established an Alliance to collaborate in their common mission of protecting health and preventing illness and injury in the workplace from biological hazards, announced OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw today.

OSHA and ABSA recognize that collaboration is essential in addressing the evolving biological safety issues facing American employers and workers today. OSHA and ABSA will use their collective expertise to enhance workplace health and safety and to assist employers in developing a preventive focus for biological safety issues in the workplace.

"The changing nature of workplace hazards today reflects the changing nature of the world of today," said Henshaw. "After September 11, 2001 and the anthrax terrorist attacks, we recognize the evolving nature of threats to health and safety in the workplace from criminal acts, terrorism, and other external hazards previously unthinkable, and take steps to prepare workplaces to deal with those hazards."

ABSA and OSHA will work together in this Alliance on a number of outreach and communication goals to address biological safety goals in the workplace. ABSA will share technical information and best practices regarding biological safety, and will provide OSHA with technical advice, in