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Trade News Release
Aug. 22, 2007
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Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA renews alliance with the American Shipbuilding Association

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) renewed its alliance with the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) to continue providing ASA members and other stakeholders in the shipbuilding industry with important information about reducing and preventing exposure to shipyard safety and health hazards.

"This cooperative alliance clearly illustrates our commitment to reducing shipyard safety and health hazards, while promoting best practices and technical knowledge for the shipbuilding industry," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "At the end of the day, this alliance helps to accomplish one of the major goals of the agency - sending America's working men and women home safe and healthy."

"This alliance agreement with OSHA demonstrates the importance that the American Shipbuilding Association places on the safety and well-being of our workforce. The shipbuilding industry is heavily dependent upon and highly values our skilled workforce," said Cynthia L. Brown, president, American Shipbuilding Association.

"That is why we prioritize this relationship with the federal regulatory agency responsible for helping us to ensure a safe and quality working environment for the men and women who build the safest and most technologically advanced ships in the world."

Through the alliance, ASA representatives are serving on the editorial boards of the Maritime Industry and Ship Building and Ship Repair Safety and Health Topics pages and the Shipyard Employment eTool, which is a product of this alliance. In addition, this alliance, together with the OSHA and National Shipbuilding Research Program and Shipbuilders Council of America alliances, worked with the OSHA and American Industrial Hygiene Association alliance to develop the Safety Alert: Deadly Hydrogen Sulfide and Shipyard Sewage. The alert is designed to make both shipyard employers and employees aware of the hazards of sewage systems on both ships and shipyard facilities. It also aims to ensure these employers and employees understand how to prevent accidents involving hydrogen sulfide gas.

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. For more information, visit


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