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Trade News Release
March 14, 2006
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Forms Alliance with Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association
Will focus on highway work zone hazards, motor vehicle safety, silica dangers

WASHINGTON -- Furthering the safety and health of workers in the concrete cutting industry is the goal of an Alliance signed today between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA).

CSDA joined with OSHA in an Alliance to provide the association's members and other sawing and drilling operators with information that will focus on highway work zone hazards, motor vehicle safety, and respiratory protection for hazards associated with silica.

"This Alliance gives us an opportunity to provide vital guidance materials and training resources to thousands of workers in the concrete cutting industry that will help foster a safer work environment," said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "The collective expertise of CSDA and OSHA can significantly improve the safety and health of workers in the industry."

Added CSDA President Susan Hollingsworth: "The OSHA and CSDA Alliance will produce products designed to increase safety awareness and recognition of job hazards for sawing and drilling contractors through training and education as well as outreach and communication goals."

Through the Alliance, OSHA and CSDA will provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and develop ways of communicating that information throughout industry using print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and both organizations' Web sites.

OSHA and CSDA will share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CSDA's best practices and help publicize that information through written materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures. Finally, both organizations will take the opportunity to speak, exhibit and appear at conferences, events, stakeholder meetings and roundtable discussions to discuss safety and health issues for the concrete cutting industry while helping to forge innovative solutions to reduce workplace hazards.

CSDA represents more than 475 contractor, manufacturer and affiliated member companies in the concrete cutting industry, and promotes safe operating practices for sawing and drilling contractors.

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 improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit

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