Dec. 5, 2006
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- Employees working in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry will continue reaping benefits from a cooperative relationship between the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) thanks to the renewal of an Alliance established more than two years ago.
"We appreciate SMACNA's contributions to our Motor Vehicle Safety and Health Topics page and other materials," said OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke, Jr. "We are pleased to continue working with them to further protect employee health and safety." The signing took place at the SMACNA Council of Chapter Representatives meeting in South Beach, Fla.
"We are enthusiastic about our ongoing Alliance with OSHA because it ensures continuity and structure for the development of new safety information and tools to make American workplaces safer. We also welcome the opportunity to share the benefits of the Alliance with our members and chapters by encouraging them to seek partnership efforts with OSHA on a state and local level," said Richard J. Cramer, Sr., the President of the SMACNA.
Both groups will encourage sheet metal and air conditioning construction contracting industries, including small businesses, to increase employee access to safety and health information and training resources.
The Alliance will continue to particularly focus on motor vehicle safety, fall protection and personal protective equipment with an emphasis on cuts and eye injuries, and reducing and preventing exposure to amputation and welding hazards. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and SMACNA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Onsite Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
This news release text is on the Internet at http://www.osha.gov. Information on this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999.