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Region 1 News Release: 09-231-BOS/BOS 2009-059
Tues., March 10, 2009
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA forms alliance with Keene State College OSHA training institute to promote cooperative programs

BOSTON - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed an alliance with the Keene State College OSHA Training Institute Education Center (KSC OTIEC) in Manchester, N.H., to provide New England employers and their workers with information about programs and training to help reduce workplace hazards and their associated human and financial costs.

The alliance will provide the institute's instructors and students with information, guidance and access to training resources to help reduce hazards associated with general industry, construction and maritime work.

In particular, the alliance will promote OSHA's cooperative programs, including Compliance Assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), the On-site Consultation Program, Alliances, Site Safety Partnerships, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

"Each of these cooperative programs is a vital safety and health resource for employers and workers throughout New England," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's regional administrator in Boston. "These programs can help reduce hazards, enhance safety and health, and provide employers an opportunity to develop and maintain model workplaces. We want more people to know about these programs and to use them."

The alliance also will include a variety of outreach activities, including quarterly "meet-and greet" sessions to alert New England employers and workers to the VPP, and promoting safety and health training.

The alliance was signed by OSHA's Kent and KSC OTIEC Director Robert Baker.

OSHA safety and health alliances seek to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 470 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.