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OSHA and VA Partner
OSHA Enters Highway Partnership
OSHA, Holder Sign Pact
DOL Forms Antrax Partnership
MIOSHA Partners for Auto Safety


OSHA and VA Partner
Veterans Affairs medical CenterOSHA and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cheyenne, WY, have entered into a new partnership to increase safety awareness and reduce workplace injuries among nursing home workers at the facility. The partnership agreement focuses on ergonomic hazards and workplace violence.

As part of the agreement, OSHA's Denver Area Office is producing a Nursing Home Safety and Health CDROM that incorporates all OSHA information related to nursing homes and will participate in safety and health training sessions for workers in the center's nursing home care unit. If successful, the partnership concept may extend to other Department of Veterans Affairs nursing homes in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. Back to the top of the document

OSHA Enters Highway Partnership
Highway PhotoOSHA has entered into a partnership with Yonkers Contracting, Inc., and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine to ensure the safety and health of workers during a highway construction project near Yonkers, NY. The project involves the reconstruction of the Interstate 287/87 interchange of the New York Thruway.

The partnership's goal is to reduce employee exposure to airborne concentrations of silica and to encourage construction contractors in Westchester County, NY, area to improve their safety and health performance. Mount Sinai School of Medicine will provide technical assistance in developing the silica control and surveillance program. Back to the top of the document

OSHA, Holder Sign Pact
Holder Construction Group of Atlanta, GA, has signed a partnership agreement with OSHA to address hazards associated with the construction of two buildings for the State Farm Insurance Company in Greeley, CO. The $40 million project is expected to last 16 to 18 months and employ some 900 workers. Herb Gibson, OSHA Area Director in Denver, sees the Greeley partnership as an opportunity for the project's stakeholders to demonstrate "a zeroaccident culture." He says the pact provides a unique vehicle to train local construction workers for future projects.Back to the top of the document

DOL Forms Anthrax Partnership
MailOSHA, the Laborers International Union, and other government entities are working together to develop a training curriculum for the cleanup and removal of anthrax and biohazards. The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration awarded $208,650 to the Laborers as a first step in the training partnership.

The laborers' certified hazardous waste workers will use the new curriculum to upgrade their skills and fine-tune the training process. After pilot tests are complete, other organizations, including 12 OSHA Training Institute Education Centers and state and local One-Stop Centers, will use the curriculum to train workers in the removal of biochemical agents. The final training curriculum will include training manuals, CD-ROM and web-based curricula, a PowerPoint presentation, and other training tools. Back to the top of the document



MIOSHA Partners for Auto Safety
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has formed a partnership with the United Auto Workers Union, Ford Motor Company, and Visteon Corporation to help improve worker health and safety at 17 Ford and 8 Visteon facilities in Michigan. The partnership's goals are to reduce injuries and illnesses at each location and to create a proactive safety and health culture that stresses cooperation. Ford Motor Company Photo

Michigan is the first state that administers its own OSHA-approved safety and health plan to sign a partnership with the UAW, Ford, and Visteon. Federal OSHA signed a formal partnership agreement with the UAW, Ford, and Visteon in November 2000. That agreement covers 21 Ford and 2 Visteon plants in federal OSHA states and addresses hazards specific to the automotive industry.

Under the Michigan agreement, an 11-point set of guidelines will provide more focused inspections. The guidelines address hazards specific to the automotive industry and include confined spaces, skilled trades hazards, maintenance vehicles, chemical safety, energy control and power lockout, ergonomics, noise control and hearing conservation, heat stress, powered material-handling vehicles, machine guarding, and personal protective equipment.

"This agreement is a proactive effort to further promote health and safety in our plants," says James Patton, UAW co-chair of the National Joint Committee on Safety and Health. "With this partnership, we also have the opportunity to focus attention and greater recognition to issues of specific concern at each plant." Back to the top of the document