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OSHA alliance with entertainment industry to continue

Louisiana residents who work in the entertainment industry may be interested to learn about the renewed alliance recently announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. By partnering with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, OSHA will be working to improve workplace safety in the entertainment industry. The federal agency will provide the members of the two organizations with informational and educational materials that address industry hazards, such as poor ergonomics, falls and electrical dangers.

As a labor union, the IATSE provides representation for craftspersons, technicians and artisans who are employed in motion picture productions, live theater, television broadcasting and related construction and equipment shops. The USITT is a professional association that provides networking and development opportunities to members.

The participants in the five-year alliance will continue to promote information about the enforcement initiatives and rulemaking conducted by OHSA. They will also provide information about OSHA outreach campaigns, including the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.

OSHA uses its Alliance Program to create collaborative associations with entities that are dedicated to the health and safety of workers. Unions, businesses, professional and trade organizations, educational institutions and community-based groups are all involved in Alliance Programs. These partners help OSHA reach its desired audience, including those who work in high-risk industries.

An attorney who practices workers' compensation law may help employees obtain the benefits to which they may be entitled. Assistance may be provided for workers who incur occupational diseases or crush injuries in workplace accidents.

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