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Release Number: 10-661-NEW/BOS 2010-213
Tues., May 18, 2010
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
E-mail: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA forms 4 alliances to enhance
safety and health for variety of workers in western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed four alliances with area organizations to enhance workplace safety and health for a cross-section of workers in western New York.

"Each of these alliances is targeted to a distinct group of workers in western New York - workers in construction, general industry, healthcare and small business, as well as Hispanic workers," said Arthur Dube, OSHA's area director in Buffalo. "Each alliance will provide information and training on work-related hazards and safeguards, and help workers understand their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act."

"We share with our alliance partners the common goal of equipping these workers with the knowledge and ability to identify and address workplace hazards so that they can return home healthy and whole at the end of each work shift," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator.

  • The Western New York Hispanic Alliance will reach out to Hispanic workers in western New York, providing them with the OSHA 10-hour construction and general industry courses or other abbreviated classes in Spanish, and providing safety and health information at an annual Hispanic Family Health and Safety Fair. Signatories are OSHA's Kulick and Dube; Lourdes Iglesias, executive director, Hispanos Unidos de Buffalo Inc.; Raul Vazquez M.D., Urban Family Practice P.C.; and J. Luis Acosta, founder/chief executive officer, Urban Community Corp.

  • The Western New York Healthcare Association Alliance will address emergency preparedness and other safety and health issues pertaining to the healthcare industry. Signatories are