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International Union of Operating Engineers

Alliance Signed: January 20, 2004

"We will use our collective expertise to foster a culture of prevention and preparedness with each group sharing its best practices and technical knowledge to promote safe and healthful working conditions for mine workers and to enhance homeland security."

"The 20-year partnership between IUOE and MSHA has resulted in construction workers and miners receiving the highest quality safety and health and hazardous materials and emergency response training. This alliance will provide our organizations with an avenue to expand our combined expertise to address homeland security issues."

Under the agreement, MSHA and IUOE will collaborate on mine and disaster response techniques involving rescues, recoveries and hazardous materials emergencies. The groups will conduct evaluations of applied engineering to improve a national response and conduct analyses to identify potentially hazardous situations or conditions.