Oct. 12, 2007
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Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) have renewed their Alliance, originally signed on July 15, 2003, to continue providing NSRP members and others in the shipbuilding industry with important health and safety information to reduce or prevent employee exposure to shipyard hazards.
"The success we have had with NSRP over the past four years confirms our commitment to promoting a safe and healthful workplace," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "This collaborative relationship will continue to foster safer work environments for men and women in the shipbuilding industry."
"We're very pleased to renew our partnership with OSHA, and look forward to continuing an open dialogue and sharing of lessons learned," said David Whiddon, President, NSRP Executive Control Board. "We are convinced that these types of relationships are the best way to find new and innovative ways to reduce injuries to our very important workforce."
Through the Alliance, NSRP assisted OSHA in developing the Shipyard Employment eTool Fire Protection module, which addresses the Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard. Future projects include the development of a Marine Hanging Staging (MHS) module, which will inform employers on how to design, assemble, use, and dismantle MHS in a safe manner for employees. Through OSHA's maritime industry-related Safety and Health Topics page, more than 121,000 individuals received information on the shipbuilding and maritime industries.
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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