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SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM CREATED BY U.S. TEXTILE INDUSTRY

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The national association of the U.S. textile industry today launched a "Quest for the Best in Safety and Health" program and urged all member companies to participate.
 "The program will increase industry awareness of the importance of safety and health practices and recognize those companies who establish and maintain well-rounded safety and health programs," said M.L. Cates Jr., president of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI). "'Quest for the Best' will demonstrate that we place a high priority on and a serious commitment to our workers' safety and health."
 The ATMI board today passed a resolution directing the association's Safety and Health Committee to establish the program. To qualify for the program, a company must meet eight criteria, including:
 (1) Adoption and maintenance of a written safety and health policy;
 (2) An effective organization and assignment of responsibilities
 in safety and health-related activities, including hands-on
 involvement of management;
 (3) Safety and health audits;
 (4) Employee participation and employee-management communication
 on safety and health issues;
 (5) Achievement of specific, measurable performance objectives, as
 reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
 (OSHA);
 (6) Proper education and training of employees on safety and health
 matters, including OSHA standards;
 (7) Successful efforts to maintain a safe and healthful work
 environment, particularly in the area of industrial hygiene
 and medical monitoring;
 (8) Information sharing and interaction with other companies,
 organizations and governmental representatives.
 ATMI, the national trade association of the U.S. textile industry, provides international trade, government relations, economic information, communications services and product information in support of the industry.
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 /CONTACT: Deborah E. Anderson or James A. Morrissey of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, in Nashville, 615-889-1000/


CO: American Textile Manufacturers Institute ST: Tennessee IN: TEX SU:

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