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Region 4 News Release: 09-216-ATL (044)
March 4, 2009
Contact: Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2078

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA joining forces with Florida health care providers and professional associations to focus on workplace violence
March 5 signing ceremony in Pensacola, Fla., highlights new level of cooperation

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is forming a new alliance with Florida health care providers and professional associations to work together to address the problem of workplace violence in the state.

The public and media are invited to attend an alliance signing ceremony on Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. CST at the Pensacola Civic Center, 201 E. Gregory St.

In addition to OSHA, alliance participants will include the University of South Florida Consultation Services Program, EAP Lifestyle Management LLC, Sacred Heart Medical Group, the American Society of Safety Engineers Pensacola Chapter, the Northwest Florida Association of Occupational Health Nurses Inc., the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, and the Employee Assistance Professional Association Big Bend Chapter.

"With up to five percent of American workplaces experiencing a workplace violence episode annually, this alliance is both timely and beneficial to all employers," said James Borders, OSHA's area director in Jacksonville, Fla. "The need is especially acute in Florida where the number of work-related homicides rose by more than 40 percent from 2006 to 2007."

Key features of the alliance include developing materials that identify and prevent workplace violence, providing expertise in communicating this information, and sharing the information with employers on best practices and effective approaches for making workplaces safer for employees.

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