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Trade News Release
March 1, 2006
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Renews Alliance with National Shipbuilding Research Program
Focus Continues on Promoting Safer Working Conditions for Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Workers

WASHINGTON -- Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jonathan L. Snare today signed a two-year renewal of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Alliance that will continue to focus on advancing safety and health for shipbuilding and ship repair workers.

Through the OSHA and NSRP Alliance renewal, the organizations will continue to help advance a culture of injury and illness prevention, while sharing best practices on improving workplace safety and health for shipbuilding and ship repair employees. Originally signed on July 15, 2003, one of the Alliance's continuing goals is to increase access to enhanced training and hazard identification and control programs.

"We recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful work places," Snare said. "That's why we are excited about continuing our relationship with NSRP to provide information and guidance on protecting employees' health and safety in American shipyards."

Since the Alliance's implementation, NSRP provided information and expertise to OSHA in the development of OSHA's Shipyard Employment eTool. The tool describes common hazards and possible solutions for tasks performed during ship repair, shipbuilding, shipbreaking and barge cleaning. In addition, NSRP members are on the editorial board for the OSHA Assistance for the Maritime Industry Safety and Health Topics page.

OSHA and NSRP will continue to work together to increase employees' access to safety and health information and outreach programs. Both organizations will also continue to share information on best practices at conferences and events, and through print and electronic media.

The NSRP was created in 1970 and has become a nationally recognized model for government/industry research programs, with the goal of developing more economical construction approaches to shipbuilding.

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 workers 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

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