October 15, 2007
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976
MILWAUKEE -- Reducing injuries and worksite hazards, and enhancing safety and health for construction employees in five Wisconsin counties are the goals of a new alliance joining the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) and the Wisconsin Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program.
"OSHA and our alliance partners will work together to share best practices, and to develop and implement safety and health training for construction employees," said George Yoksas, OSHA's area director in Milwaukee. "If we can provide employees with the knowledge and ability to anticipate, identify and eliminate work-related hazards, we're going to accomplish a great deal toward eliminating injuries."
MBA is a not-for-profit trade association that represents more than 1,300 companies engaged in the construction, development and remodeling of single and multifamily housing and light commercial property in Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Jefferson and Milwaukee Counties. The alliance will encourage home builders to improve their safety and health programs, and achieve compliance with OSHA standards to reduce injuries and illnesses within the industry.
OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative partnerships. OSHA currently has more than 470 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
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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