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Region 5 News Release:11-577-CHI
May 10, 2011
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976      312-353-4807
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA establishes alliance to protect
Ohio workers in manufacturing, service, construction industries

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has entered into an alliance with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the Council of Smaller Enterprises to provide the council's member companies with information, guidance and access to training resources to protect the safety and health of workers in the manufacturing, service and construction industries. The OSHA On-site Consultation Program, funded by federal OSHA but run by the state of Ohio, also will participate.

"This alliance reflects a mutual recognition of the importance of workers' safety and health," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "We want to ensure all companies, especially smaller companies with fewer resources, are prepared to effectively control the hazards their employees may encounter. Alliances such as this one help develop effective safety programs, while also opening the lines of communication among OSHA, employers and workers."

The voluntary alliance is focused on identifying and controlling safety hazards, improving safety and health programs, promoting a cooperative relationship between labor and management, and encouraging employee participation in achieving a safe and healthful workplace. It aims to meet these goals through increased training, implementation of best work practices, and compliance with applicable OSHA standards and regulations.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace