April 8, 2008
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently renewed its Alliance with the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) to continue offering information and training resources to help protect the safety and health of construction workers.
"The construction industry has among the highest rates for injuries, illnesses and fatalities," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "Our renewed Alliance with CSDA will expand upon our efforts to produce products designed to increase safety awareness and recognition of job hazards, particularly for sawing and drilling contractors."
The Alliance will also address issues such as electrical safety; hearing protection; ladder and scaffold safety; highway work zone hazards; motor vehicle safety; and respiratory protection for hazards associated with silica.
Through the Alliance, CSDA representatives continue to serve on the editorial board for the Concrete and Concrete Products ¿ Manufacturing and Construction Safety and Health Topics page. In addition, OSHA and CSDA have developed compliance assistance products including two fact sheets, "Highway Work Zone Safety Best Practices" and "Reducing Silica Exposure." OSHA representatives also spoke at the World of Concrete Conference and Trade Show 2007, and distributed Alliance Program publications and compliance assistance resources.
Tom Stowell, CSDA president, said, "The OSHA and CSDA Alliance has been an extremely beneficial relationship to the CSDA. Through our joint efforts we have created a synergy that has resulted in the further enhancement of the safety programs that our association provides to the concrete sawing and drilling industry."
Representing more than 550 contractors, manufacturers and affiliated member companies that work in the concrete cutting industry, CSDA has developed several training products including a concrete cutters safety manual; a pocket safety handbook; 56 toolbox safety tips; and training videos focusing on safe operating practices. The association publishes a quarterly magazine, Concrete Openings, which focuses on the concrete construction and renovation industry.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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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