(Safford, Ariz., Nov. 10, 2015) – On Monday, Nov. 2, the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department Arizona entered into a Public Entity Partnership Program (P.E.P.P.) with Graham County. P.E.P.P. was designed by the ADOSH’s Consultation Program in an effort to help public entities achieve a high level of safety and health awareness. This is the first county to sign a P.E.P.P. agreement; the City of Yuma was the first city to become part of the program.
“Employers recognize their responsibility to their employees to provide a safe and health workplace. Working with ADOSH helps these employers stay up-to-date and in compliance with all workplace rules and regulations,” said Dale Schultz, chairman of the Industrial Commission of Arizona. “ADOSH is fortunate that Graham County is working with us on this important workplace initiative.”
This awareness is achieved through routine visits and training tailored to aid public entities in reducing injury and illnesses for their employees.
“We are optimistic that other local entities will get involved and participate with us in the P.E.P.P.,” said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “Working at a local level such as this will lead to a safer work environment for all employees.”
Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) operates under an approved plan with the U.S. Department of Labor to retain jurisdiction over occupational safety and health issues within Arizona, excluding mining operations, Indian Reservations, and federal employees. This jurisdiction encompasses approximately 2.1 million employees and 130,000 public and private establishments. For more information on ADOSH, Consultation Partnership Programs and the Industrial Commission of Arizona, please visit http://www.ica.state.az.us/ or call (602) 542-5795.