Region 2 News Release: 06-411-NEW (osha 06-022)
Date: March 8, 2006
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: Phone: (215) 861-5102
OSHA Partners to Protect Workers on Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital Project
PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Providing a safe and healthful work environment for workers constructing the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Greystone Park, N.J., is the goal of a newly-formed partnership between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Torcon Inc., the Morris County Building and Construction Trades Council and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The partnership was formally launched at a recent signing ceremony held at the jobsite.
OSHA's Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations and employers.
The Greystone Psychiatric Hospital project is a 458,000-square foot, 450-bed facility. Project contractors will employ approximately 300 workers at peak construction.
"Because the construction of the hospital promises to be a very involved project, with so many workers on the job site, our partnership will serve as an important blueprint to ensure those workers have a safe and healthy work environment," said Phil Peist, director of the OSHA Parsippany area office. "Torcon Inc. has worked cooperatively with OSHA for many years striving for continual improvement in occupational safety and health leadership."
Under the partnership, OSHA and Torcon will analyze new and acquired work, materials, chemicals and equipment before construction activity begins to determine potential hazards and plan for their prevention or control. They also will implement a stringent fall projection policy and will examine and inspect for hazards associated with individual jobs, processes or phases of construction. Systems will be established for employees to notify management of hazardous conditions, investigate accidents or near-misses, and track hazard corrections.
A primary goal of the partnership is to eventually qualify the project for "Star" status in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), which is OSHA's official recognition of outstanding achievements by employers and employees in occupational safety and health. The agreement will end at the completion of the project or Dec. 1, 2007, whichever comes first. For more information about this partnership, contact the Parsippany OSHA office, 299 Cherry Hill Road - Suite 304, Parsippany, N.J.; phone: (973) 263-1003.
Since the inception of OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program in 1998, more than 388 partnerships have been formed, impacting over 13,000 employers and 573,000 employees across the United States. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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