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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
OSHA Trade Release
May 8, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Accident Prevention a key element of the agreement
WASHINGTON -- Ensuring a safer and more healthful workplace for contractors and employees in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry is the goal of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's latest Alliance, signed today.
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) formalized an Alliance with OSHA to address worker safety and health issues. Key to the Alliance is the agreement to ensure ACCA members and others are armed with information related to safety supervision, equipment and material handling, driver and vehicle safety, ladder and lift use, and lock-out/tag-out issues.
"I'm looking forward to working with ACCA on this very important Alliance," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "We're fortunate to continue to have an opportunity to work with organizations such as ACCA that are committed to assuring safety and health in the workplace. This Alliance will help assure greater protection of thousands of workers in this industry."
"Maintaining a safe working environment is of paramount importance to ACCA's contractor members," added Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA President & CEO. "ACCA looks forward to collaborating with OSHA in this important partnership as we seek to ensure the health and safety of HVACR workers nationwide."
OSHA and ACCA agreed to work together to identify available resources and stimulate the development of new training programs and materials. Cross training of OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals is also on tap, as is participation in forums and roundtable discussions on multi-employer worksite issues to raise construction industry safety awareness.
Both organizations will develop and disseminate information through various media, including OSHA and ACCA websites, and will increase access to safety and health information and training resources, including Spanish-language material. OSHA will look for opportunities to speak, exhibit or appear at national ACCA conferences, and will also encourage ACCA members to participate in the agency's cooperative programs including the Voluntary Protection Program, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
Based in Arlington, VA, ACCA is a national non-profit trade association that represents the educational, policy, and technical interests of the men and women who design, install, and maintain indoor environmental systems.
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