Alliance Focuses on Restaurant Industry Safety
OSHA has formed an Alliance with a national restaurant workers organization to help reduce and prevent worker exposures to slip, trip and fall, cut, and burn hazards, as well as address workplace safety issues related to young workers and small businesses.
OSHA and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) will develop facts sheets, safety and health booklets on selected topics, training materials, and other compliance assistance tools and resources for employers and workers.
Restaurants and other eating and drinking businesses employ 11.6 million people in the U.S. Nearly 30% of these workers are under 20 years of age, says OSHA. Many teens’ first work experience is in the restaurant industry, so this Alliance is a great opportunity to reach these and other restaurant workers and for employers to raise awareness of ways to promote safer, more healthful workplaces.
Through the Alliance Program, OSHA works with groups committed to worker safety and health: trade and professional organizations, community-based organizations, unions, businesses and educational institutions: to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. ROC-United represents 7,500 members.
For more information on the Alliance Program: www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/index.html
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