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OSHA News Release: [11/17/2011]
Contact Name: Diana Petterson or Jesse Lawder
Phone Number: (202) 693-1898 or x4659
Release Number: 11-1667-NAT

OSHA assistant secretary encourages retailers to provide crowd management measures to protect workers during major sales events

Audio file with remarks can be downloaded to air on radio

WASHINGTON — Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is encouraging retail employers to take precautions to prevent worker injuries during Black Friday and other major sales events during the holiday season.

Michaels' comments are available to radio stations for broadcast. To download the audio file, visit

To read OSHA's fact sheet on crowd management, visit

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit