Jan. 11, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
U.S. Labor Department's OSHA Joins with YBB and Mass. Safety Agency
BOSTON -- Providing participants in Boston's YouthBuild program with safety and health training and resources is the goal of a new alliance among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety (MA-DOS) and YouthBuild Boston (YBB).
The alliance seeks to reduce and prevent youth and minority employees exposure to hazards connected with residential construction. YBB teaches 18-24-year-old unemployed and unskilled young people in Boston to renovate abandoned buildings into affordable housing for low-income families.
The three alliance partners will work to develop training and education programs. This will include a presentation of OSHA's 10-hour basic construction safety course to YBB participants and delivery of OSHA's Train the Trainer construction safety course to enable YBB to present the 10-hour training on its own.
"This alliance will equip these young employees with an invaluable tool that they can take with them into future employment and the knowledge to identify and eliminate hazards that could hurt them on the job," said Brenda Gordon, OSHA's area director for Boston and southeastern Massachusetts. "Giving YBB the opportunity and ability to provide the training in the future means that each new group of employees in the program will benefit."
Under the alliance, OSHA, MA-DOS and YBB will share information regarding best practices. They will promote and encourage YBB members and worksites to build relationships with OSHA and MA-DOS and participate in OSHA's cooperative programs. They will also work together on specific residential construction issues and projects developed through the alliance, and they will disseminate information on recognizing and preventing workplace hazards.
The alliance was signed Dec. 19, 2006, in Boston, by Gordon, MA-DOS Commissioner Robert J. Prezioso and Ken Smith and Timothy Tudor of YBB. For information about this and other OSHA alliances and partnerships in Massachusetts, call OSHA's regional office in Boston at (617) 565-3070, or its area offices in Braintree at (617) 565-6924, in Methuen at (617) 565-8110 and Springfield at (413) 785-0123.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has 447 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
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 OSHA's Web site at www.osha.gov.
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