The American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Tuesday teamed up to promote safe and healthful working conditions in the US textile industry.

The alliance will see ATMI members given information and guidance to help them protect workers' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to cotton dust, noise, and the hazards of unintended release of mechanical, electrical or other energy.

A joint team of representatives from ATMI and OSHA will meet regularly to develop an action plan, identify goals and objectives, and track and share information on activities and results of the alliance.

"I congratulate ATMI for demonstrating their commitment to safety and health," said John Henshaw, assistant secretary of Labour for Occupational Safety and Health.

"This alliance helps demonstrate that safety and health add value to the workplace and to the individual worker, and it is an important feature in our commitment to cooperative efforts with other groups and organizations to improve workplace safety."