Oct. 11, 2017
ALLENTOWN, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), PA-OSHA Consultation Program, and HealthWorks’ Safety Peer Group – a consortium of Lehigh Valley area employers – have established an alliance to enhance workplace safety and health.
The alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards, environmental health-care conditions, and chemical hazards. Alliance members will also emphasize injury and illness prevention programs and effective safety training.
“Our alliance is a collaborative effort to prevent work-related fatalities and injuries by controlling or eliminating serious workplace hazards,” said OSHA Area Director Jean Kulp, in Allentown. “Together, we can positively impact hundreds of businesses and workers by making workplaces safer throughout the Lehigh Valley.”
Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with companies, unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, educational institutions, and others. OSHA and the groups work together to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, share information with workers and employers.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.