June 5, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
BOSTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Northeast Concrete Products Association (NCPA) have formed an alliance to reduce hazards and protect the health and safety of employees in New England's concrete products manufacturing industry.
Under the alliance, OSHA and the NCPA will work together to develop and present training programs for NCPA members and others to help them identify and eliminate hazards associated with the manufacture of concrete products. In particular, training will focus on preventing hazards associated with falls, electrocution, noise, silica, work in confined spaces, and being struck by or caught in machinery.
"Knowledge is the most valuable tool in the workplace," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator. "By providing employees and employers with the knowledge and ability to identify and address hazards before employees get hurt, we hope to reduce injuries and illnesses and their associated costs in human and financial capital."
The alliance will also encourage NCPA members to build relationships with OSHA's regional and area offices and to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs including the Voluntary Protection Programs, safety consultation and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
The Taunton, Mass.-based NCPA is a not-for-profit association representing manufacturers of precast concrete products, and companies that provide equipment, supplies and services to the industry. NCPA was formed in 1998 and serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Kent and NCPA President Greg Stratis signed the alliance renewal May 23 in Boston. For information about this and other OSHA alliances and partnerships in New England, contact OSHA's Boston regional office at (617) 565-9860.
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 468 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 safe and healthful workplaces 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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