Feb. 12, 2007
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its 2003 alliance with the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) to continue working to protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to shipyard safety and health hazards, including ergonomics.
"The positive relationship that OSHA and the SCA have developed over the first four years of the alliance has led to the development of many programs," said Assistant Secretary for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "The SCA is using its collective expertise to help advance a culture of injury and illness prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge and promoting safe and healthful working conditions for shipyard employees."
"SCA welcomes the opportunity to renew the OSHA and SCA alliance. Since 2003, the Alliance Program has given our members the tools necessary to promote workplace safety and health initiatives, keeping our workers safe and shipyards competitive," said SCA Chairman Donald T. "Boysie" Bollinger. "The alliance's focus on compliance assistance has enabled SCA and OSHA to jointly develop an impressive collection of industry tools, including the Shipyard Employment eTool. OSHA representatives are also an integral part of SCA's biannual Safety Seminar. Together, SCA and OSHA have accomplished great things and we look forward to another successful two years."
Through the alliance, OSHA staff members and representatives from the SCA have spoken at a number of SCA's maritime-related safety seminars about safety and health issues, including fire protection and hexavalent chromium. OSHA and the SCA, together with the American Shipbuilders Association and the National Shipbuilders Research Program Alliances, provided input to OSHA during the development of the agency's Shipyard Employment eTool's Shipbuilding, Shipbreaking, Barge Cleaning and Fire Protection modules.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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