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Region 2 News Release: 07-1810-PHI (osha 07-198)
Nov. 27, 2007
Contact: Alisha Brown
Phone: 215-861-5101

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms partnership to protect construction employees at Hoffmann-La Roche Building

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has joined Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., Skanska USA Building Inc., Essex and Passaic Counties Building and Construction Trades Councils, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development On-site Consultation Service in an effort to protect the employees of all project participants at the Roche Building Façade Replacement Project in Nutley, N.J.

The Façade Replacement Project, due to be completed in March 2009, will remove the energy inefficient and aging glass curtain wall system from Roche's 15-story building and replace it with an energy efficient unitized system on the corners and along the north and south sides of the structure.

The goal of the partnership is to eliminate worksite hazards and achieve a high level of employee safety and health for all project participants at the construction site. Participants will strive to do this by developing a contractor/government relationship that encourages contractors to improve their safety and health performance, presses for the elimination of accidents in the industry and recognizes contractors with exemplary safety and health programs.

"This agreement provides the tools to ensure that employers and employees commit to safe and healthful work practices," said Patricia K. Clark, regional administrator of OSHA's New York office. "Cooperation among labor, management and OSHA is vital to ensure the safety and health of employees."

OSHA's area offices in Parsippany and Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., will participate in the partnership. For more information, telephone the Parsippany office at 973-263-1003.

OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. More than 1.2 million employees and more than 21,000 employers across the U.S. have participated with OSHA in 484 Strategic Partnerships since the program began in 1998.

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


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