The Build Safe Partnership Program (BSPP), following a successful three years, was renewed for an additional five years in a ceremony held on April 26, 2007. Partnership signatories include The Builders' Association and OSHA's Kansas City Regional Office (Region VII), the Kansas City Area Office, the St. Louis Area Office Wichita Area Office, and the Omaha Area Office. The Builders' Association, which is a chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC), represents union and non-union companies throughout Missouri and eastern Kansas, including some who operate in Nebraska.
The Partnership, with 21 active participants at the time of the renewal, encourages contractors to voluntarily improve their safety and health performance by implementing effective safety and health management systems (SHMS) and effective safety and health training programs for management, supervisors, and employees.
The Partnership's Days Away, Restricted and Transfer (DART) rate decreased 15.3% and the Total Recordable Injury Case Rate (TCIR) decreased 26.4% between the years of 2003-2005 for the 22 contractors covered by the Partnership. In addition, the 2005 TCIR for the overall group was 32.5% below the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) national average rate for the construction industry. During the 2005 calendar year, there were no fatalities and only 52 lost-time accidents out of 12,539,883 man-hours worked which is less than one percent.
The Weitz Company, one of many partnering companies in the BSPP, was the first participant to successfully complete the OSHA Challenge Pilot. OSHA Challenge helps companies take a more proactive approach to safety and health by providing an online roadmap that guides them through the steps needed to improve their SHMS and prepare for application to OSHA's premier recognition program, the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). As employers make incremental improvements in SHMS, OSHA recognizes their progress.
The Partnership was formed to address reaching the goal of fatality and injury and illness reduction through focusing on the following worksite hazards:
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