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Warehouse and distribution center safety is the focus of alliance between U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA and Tampa Area Safety Council

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed a new alliance with the Tampa Area Safety Council to reduce employee injuries at warehousing and distribution centers in Central Florida.

"Working together, we can help employers and employees recognize and reduce safety and health hazards at warehouses and distribution centers," said Les Grove, OSHA's area director in Tampa. "Proper storage, and correct maintenance and operation of material handling equipment are essential in preventing ‘struck-by' injuries to warehousing employees." The term "struck by" refers to injuries that occur when employees are hit sharply by moving objects or equipment.

A key goal of the alliance is the development and increased availability of effective safety and health training, including new educational materials focused on struck-by prevention, emergency planning, fleet safety, and safety and health management systems.
Through the alliance, a steering committee of safety and health community leaders will be established to develop mentoring tools and outreach products for small businesses in the warehousing and distribution industries. Particular attention will be paid to hard-to-reach employees, including those who do not speak English.

This agreement is one of more than 470 alliances nationwide, which are part of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve employee safety and health through cooperative programs with employers, labor and trade organizations, and community groups.
Companies and groups interested in learning more about OSHA's activities to improve employee safety and health in Central Florida may contact OSHA's area office in Tampa, 5807 Breckenridge Parkway, Suite A; telephone 813-626-1177.

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. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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