The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Marble Institute of America (MIA) in Cleveland have renewed their alliance to provide MIA members and others with information and training resources that will help them continue to protect employees' safety and health.
"The alliance will
continue to demonstrate our commitment to finding cooperative ways to prevent
workplace accidents," said Rob Medlock, area director of OSHA's Cleveland
office. "It already has proven very successful, and we want to continue
the excellent relationship that has helped so many companies in the natural
During the initial two-year
alliance, OSHA and MIA worked successfully together to develop and communicate
information to help the institute's member employers and employees recognize
and prevent job-related hazards, including exposure to silica and hazards
related to handling slabs of stone. The alliance also has developed training
and education programs for employers and employees.
"MIA's alliance with
OSHA has had a very positive impact on the safety awareness of the natural
stone industry and on the tools made available to help train employees and
improve job safety," affirmed Gary Distelhorst, MIA's executive vice
president. "We are committed to continuing our efforts with OSHA to
achieve greater employee safety."
professionals working with all types of natural stone, including marble,
granite, limestone, quartz-based stone, slate travertine and other materials.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine
L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health 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.
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. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
OSHA renews safety alliance with MIA
April 4, 2008