The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has awarded the agency’s Alliance Program Ambassador designation to Lamar Advertising Co., one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising firms. The award recognizes the company’s continued partnership with OSHA to address workplace safety and health hazards in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

As a program ambassador, Lamar Advertising will promote enforcement, regulatory and outreach initiatives, enhance information exchanges and technical discussions, and support OSHA’s national initiatives. In 2003, the company and OSHA entered into their first alliance to promote workplace safety with agency regional offices in southern New England.

“Our continued partnership with Lamar Advertising Co. will go a long way toward ensuring workplace safety and health remains a priority throughout southern New England,” said OSHA Acting Regional Administrator Jeffrey Erskine in Boston. “By awarding ambassador status, OSHA recognizes Lamar’s long-standing commitment to preventing workplace-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities.”

Lamar Advertising has more than 351,000 displays across the U.S. and Canada, providing outdoor advertising solutions to local businesses and national brands. In addition to more traditional print billboards and signage, Lamar has a network of 3,700 digital billboards, the nation’s largest.

“Lamar is humbled, honored and proud to expand our partnership with OSHA, as we continue to work together to improve workplace health and safety through the Ambassador Alliance relationship here in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” said Senior Vice President/Territory Manager Matthew J. Duddy in Windsor, Connecticut.

OSHA’s Alliance Program works with groups committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. These groups include unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, businesses, faith- and community-based organizations, and educational institutions. OSHA and the groups work together to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, share information with workers and employers, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.