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Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to encourage employers and employees to reduce workplace hazards and implement new or improved safety and health programs; establish separate but dependent responsibilities and rights for employers and employees to achieve better safety and health conditions; maintain a reporting and record-keeping system to monitor job-related injuries and illnesses; develop mandatory job safety and health standards and enforce them; and provide for the development, analysis, evaluation, and approval of State occupational safety and health programs. The Act provides six distinct provisions for protecting the safety and health of Federal workers on the job. OSHA also encourages a broad range of voluntary workplace improvement efforts, including consultation programs, training and education efforts, grants to establish safety and health competence, and a variety of similar programs.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

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American Latex Allergy Association

The American Latex Allergy Association is a national non-profit 501,(c)(3), tax exempt organization that provides educational information about latex allergy and supports latex-allergic individuals. Originally, the organization was formed by a group of approximately 30 health care workers who acquired latex allergy and sought to provide information and support for one another, as well as to other persons and organizations. The mission of the American Latex Allergy Association is to create awareness of latex allergy through education and to provide support to individuals who have been diagnosed with latex allergy. Their board of directors consists of volunteers, elected officers, and professional advisors. A newsletter called The ALERT is published quarterly.

Review Date: July 29, 2009

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is a non-profit health organization dedicated to finding a cure for and controlling asthma and allergies. Founded in 1953, AAFA serves the 60 million Americans with asthma and allergic diseases by supporting scientific research, patient education programs, public and governmental advocacy and a network of chapters and educational support groups throughout the nation. Complementing these efforts is AAFA's Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month activities each May and ongoing public education campaigns.

Review Date: March 28, 2011

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Center for Health, Environment and Justice

Founded in June 1981, this nonprofit organization serves citizens' groups, individuals and small municipalities working to solve hazardous and solid waste problems. CCHW supplies information needed to understand, prevent, reduce or eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals through customized assistance, both in-house and on referral, a research library and service, publications and newsletters. All of the organization's support comes from private foundations, donations and membership fees.

Review Date: February 05, 2009

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Healthy Child Healthy World

A non-profit organization whose mission is to inform parents and all those concerned with the welfare of children about preventable health and development problems caused by exposure to toxic substances in homes, schools and communities and to encourage the public to take action to protect children against these toxic threats. CHEC's Web site resources include the "Health e House," an interactive Virtual House Quiz which identifies environmental health hazards and suggests safer alternatives. "Health e House" Quiz gives parents guidance on what they're doing right in their homes, what they can change and how. First Steps, a monthly e-mail program, to enable parents to sign up and receive information throughout their baby's first year of life.

Review Date: July 14, 2009

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The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. About 2,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 7,600 nurses at Cleveland Clinic represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine regional hospitals in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and Cleveland Clinic Canada. In 2008, there were more than 4.2 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 165,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries.

Review Date: April 15, 2010

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