Feb. 20, 2007
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, Ext. 222 or 221
DALLAS -- Enhanced workplace safety for employees is the goal of a new partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Utility Contractors for Safety in North Texas.
The primary goal of the partnership is to train hourly employees to become more aware of hazardous conditions, focusing on preventing electrocutions, falls, and injuries caused by being struck-by or caught-between objects. Key features include developing a comprehensive safety and health program and grouping hazardous industries together to voluntarily build safety and health awareness.
"This agreement provides an opportunity for the partners to come together and build on the value of safety and health for construction employees throughout the North Texas area," said Kathryn Delaney, OSHA's area director in Dallas. "We are confident the cooperative effort will help reduce injuries and fatalities."
Partnerships enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to work cooperatively with OSHA. This partnership will be consistent with OSHA's long-range efforts to develop a business-government approach to safety and health management.
Employers and employees with questions about this or other OSHA partnerships may call the Dallas area office at (214) 320-2400, or visit OSHA's Web site for more information at www.osha.gov (click on ¿Cooperative Programs").
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 workers 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 440 Strategic Partnerships since the program began in 1998.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace 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.
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