April 16, 2007
Contact: Scott Allen
Reducing work-related injuries and preventing fatalities are top priorities
ST. LOUIS. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed a safety and health partnership with the Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, in conjunction with the Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis and vicinity.
"This agreement provides an opportunity for the association, the union and OSHA to jointly demonstrate that we all benefit when management, labor and government dedicate themselves to providing a safe and healthful work environment,¿ said Nick Walters, director of OSHA's area office in Peoria, Ill. "We want every employee to go home healthy and uninjured at the end of the day.¿
The home builders association and union members have set goals to provide a safer working environment for all employees, achieve a reduction in injuries and illnesses, and prevent fatalities in the home-building construction industry. Under the partnership, they will provide safety and health materials and education to employees.
The not-for-profit trade association's more than 1,400 members build and supply new home communities in St. Louis and eastern Missouri. They are large and small companies that create custom, multifamily residences and commercial buildings, remodeling contractors, trade subcontractors, product manufacturers, distributors and sales agents, all of whom depend upon the success of the entire industry.
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 one million employees and more than 33,000 employers across the United States have participated with OSHA in more than 450 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998. OSHA's Peoria Area Office helped form this partnership.
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 www.osha.gov.
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