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Region 5 News Release: 08-1841-CHI
Dec. 22, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms alliance with Electrical Contractors' Association and the Construction Safety Council of Greater Chicago

CHICAGO -- Working together to provide important training and education for electrical workers in the Chicago area is the goal of a new alliance among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Electrical Contractors' Association and the Construction Safety Council of Greater Chicago.

"This alliance will allow us to exchange information and provide guidance on recognizing, reducing and preventing hazards associated with the installation, maintenance and site management of electrical systems," said Diane Turek, OSHA's area director for the greater north Chicago area. "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 eradicating job-related injuries."

Alliance partners will work together to develop information about workplace hazards through communication and training among employers and employees in the electrical industry. They also will speak, exhibit or appear at each other's conferences, meetings and events.

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