Aug. 8, 2008
Contact: Michael Wald
Signing ceremony scheduled for August 12 on university's campus
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is entering into a partnership with Holder Construction Co. and the Georgia Tech Onsite Consultation Program to improve workplace safety and health for employees involved in the construction of a new academic building at Savannah State University in Savannah.
"The primary goals of this agreement are to reduce employee injuries and illnesses, and eliminate fatalities during this major construction project," said John Deifer, director of OSHA's Savannah Area Office.
One aspect of this agreement requires participating employers to provide effective training on worksite safety and health issues to non-English speaking employees.
A partnership signing ceremony will take place at Savannah State University's Academic Building site on Tuesday, August 12, at 11 a.m. EDT. The public and members of the media are encouraged to attend.
More than 1.4 million employees and more than 26,000 employers across the U.S. have participated with OSHA in 534 Strategic Partnerships since the program began in 1998. Individuals interested in learning more about OSHA's outreach efforts in the Savannah area should contact OSHA's Savannah Area Office, 450 Mall Blvd., Suite J; telephone 912-652-4393.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006) showing that our nation has achieved the lowest 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 process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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