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OSHA and ACIL Renew Alliance Agreement

New York, Dec 15, 2005

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) have renewed an alliance agreement to promote OSHA’s National Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) program. The renewal extends the existing OSHA-ACIL agreement, originally formed in July 2003, for another two years.

A member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ACIL will continue to provide advocacy and education services to OSHA, an agency of the U.S Department of Labor whose mission is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

“The NRTL program is an important part of our mission,” said Jonathan L. Snare, acting assistant secretary of labor for OSHA, “and this alliance is an effective way to communicate the importance of the program."

“ACIL is pleased to continue to work with OSHA to improve understanding of the NRTL program, an indispensable element in safeguarding the health and safety of American workers,” said Joan Walsh Cassedy, executive director of ACIL, who also serves on the ANSI Board of Directors and as chair of the Conformity Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC).

Future plans of the alliance include providing a training program for OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals outlining the NRTL program and the products and equipment that are required to carry NRTL certification. The two organizations have also announced plans to make use of different forms of media, including their respective websites, to publicize the program’s value to general industry, and to speak directly to professionals at various events and conferences.

OSHA Safety Standards, which are U.S. law, contain requirements for "approval" (i.e., testing and certification) of certain products by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. OSHA's NRTL program recognizes private sector organizations that provide product safety testing and certification processes, determining that equipment and materials used in the workplace everyday have been tested according to U.S. consensus-based safety standards.

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