OSHA And AFL-CIO Provides Safety Training To Alternative High School Students

Boston, MA (CompNewsNetwork) – A new alliance to help students in alternative high schools in Massachusetts reduce and prevent their exposure to on-the-job hazards has been formed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, along with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Division of Occupational Safety and the Department of Industrial Accidents of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The alliance partners will work together to provide the students with OSHA's 10-hour construction and general industry outreach courses and other training, develop workplace safety and health curricula for teens, and otherwise address teen workplace safety issues.

"These students will be able to carry this vital information with them on whatever career paths they choose to follow," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator. "Their employers will also benefit, since a motivated and safety-conscious workforce can lead to reduced injuries and illnesses and their associated human and financial costs, enhance productivity and increase employee morale."

The alliance was signed at the Boston Day and Evening Academy in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. Signatories were OSHA Area Directors Brenda Gordon, Mary Hoye and Shelagh Dean; Mass. AFL-CIO President Robert J. Haynes; ESE Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester; and Massachusetts Department of Labor Director George Noel.

Also present were representatives from labor organizations that have agreed to participate in the alliance, with more expected to follow: Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Center, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2321, International Union of Electrical Workers-Communications Workers of America Local 201, Teamsters Local 25, United Auto Workers Local 1525, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 and the Metropolitan Boston Building Trades Council.

OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts 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.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.

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