June 8, 2007
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its Alliance with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to continue providing the residential construction industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance will continue to address safety and health issues including fall, electrical, struck-by, and other safety hazards.
"OSHA and NAHB have done a great job helping the residential construction industry to protect employees through seminars, publications and workgroups," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "More than 800,000 industry professionals have been reached through OSHA's Residential Construction Industry Safety and Health Topics page, NAHB events and the OSHA and NAHB Web sites."
"NAHB is proud to be renewing the successful NAHB-OSHA Alliance as part of our commitment to improving construction safety in the home building industry," said Sandy Dunn, first vice president of NAHB and a home builder from Point Pleasant, W.Va. "The safety training materials and seminars that have been produced through this Alliance, such as the NAHB-OSHA Jobsite Safety Handbook, have already made a positive impact on employee safety."
Through the Alliance, NAHB members and staff sit on the editorial board of the Residential Construction Safety and Health Topics page which is a product of this Alliance. In addition, OSHA and NAHB representatives have participated in numerous events such as the International Builders' Show in 2004 and 2007, the 2005 and 2006 National Safety Council Congress & Expo, and the 2004 NAHB State and Local Government Affairs Conference.
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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