Trade News Release
March 30, 2006
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
OSHA Renews Alliance with the Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Construction Institute (CI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) are extending their Alliance for another two years to continue focusing on safety and health issues in the construction industry.
"The collective expertise of the Construction Institute of ASCE and OSHA can make a significant impact on the safety and health of construction workers," said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "This Alliance gives us the tools to encourage employers and workers to commit to safe work practices and achieve positive gains toward reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities."
"Two years after signing the Alliance, we are very pleased with the results. In particular, the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable's Design for Safety workgroup has far exceeded our expectations," said Marvin Oey, Director, CI-ASCE. "The trust and cooperation among fellow Alliance Program participants has been excellent and we look forward to continuing to work with OSHA to meet the goals of the agreement."
OSHA and CI-ASCE will continue to work together to encourage employers to increase employee access to safety and health information and training resources, especially in the area of crane safety and to incorporate safety and health issues into the construction/constructability process. In addition, OSHA and CI-ASCE are distributing information through print and electronic media, including using OSHA's and CI-ASCE's Web sites.
Since the Alliance's implementation, CI-ASCE has played an important role within the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable's Design for Safety Workgroup by taking the lead in developing a Design for Safety PowerPoint® presentation and a Design for Safety Web page. CI-ASCE will continue to work on the Web page and encourage members of the workgroup to review and provide recommendations for the page.
Founded in 1852, ASCE represents 130,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society.
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 www.osha.gov.
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