Nov. 24, 2008
Contact: Leni Fortson
Goals include company working toward participation in Voluntary Protection Programs
PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently formed a partnership with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. and the Philadelphia Metal Trades Council designed to promote employee safety, and implement an exemplary safety and health management system.
The commercial shipyard company employs 1,300 workers with approximately 700 of its own employees and 600 subcontractors. The Philadelphia Metal Trades Council coordinates local efforts for metalworking and related crafts and trade unions.
As part of the partnership, Aker Shipyard will promote, institute and maintain a safety and health management system to protect its employees based on OSHA guidelines, which include: management leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and training.
Aker Shipyard also will endeavor to reduce injury and illness rates to levels that would make it eligible to apply for OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) in two years. More than 2,110 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Over the years, the VPP has proven to be an effective means of reducing injuries, illnesses, fatalities and costs, while fostering a more productive workforce and increasing employee morale.
For more information, contact OSHA's Philadelphia Area Office at 215-597-4955.
OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. More than 1.4 million employees and more than 26,000 employers across the U.S. have participated with OSHA in more than 530 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.
OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 38 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2007) showing the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. OSHA will continue to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safely every day.
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 improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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