Wed., March 26, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Enhancing the safety and health of employees in the region's residential construction industry is the goal of a new alliance between the Springfield Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Home Builders Association of Western Massachusetts (HBAWM).
"Employees in residential construction are exposed to falls, electrical hazards, and being struck by or caught in or between materials and equipment," said Mary Hoye, OSHA's area director in Springfield. "This alliance seeks to equip association members and others with knowledge to better identify, anticipate and eliminate the most common construction hazards, and thereby reduce the possibility of injuries."
Under the alliance, OSHA and HBAWM will work together to develop and deliver training programs, including OSHA's 10-hour and 30-hour construction safety courses, share information on best practices and determine effective approaches to construction safety. It also will promote and encourage HBAWM members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs, including the Voluntary Protection Programs, the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program and the safety consultation service offered through the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Springfield-based HBAWM has served as a regional resource promoting professionalism and quality in the residential construction industry in western Massachusetts since 1939.
The alliance was signed in Springfield. More information about OSHA alliances in western and central Massachusetts is available from OSHA's compliance assistance specialist in 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 employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 470 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 healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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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