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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
August 12, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Focus on Reducing and Preventing Exposure to Electrical and Construction Hazards
WASHINGTON -- The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are joining forces to protect workers in the electrical contracting industry.
NECA signed the Alliance today that begins a collaborative effort with OSHA for preventing exposure to electrical and construction hazards, particularly those relating to inside electrical, power line, and video-data-voice systems.
"We are actively working with employers in this industry to reduce hazards and improve working conditions for thousands of electrical workers," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Through our Alliance with NECA, we can draw on their expertise and work together to improve even further the safety and health of the industry's workers."
"Safety in the workplace has always been a priority for us, so the NECA-OSHA Alliance is a natural fit," added John M. Grau, NECA Chief Executive Officer. "NECA has the educational and training channels in place to deliver the latest information about new programs and best practices to continue the long tradition of promoting worker safety and health."
OSHA and NECA will develop training for NECA chapters that focuses on safety and health hazards in the industry, as well as ways to reduce those hazards. Additionally, plans will be developed to cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in best practices or effective approaches to worker safety and health.
NECA worksites' best practices will be shared with others in the industry through outreach by the Association and through OSHA- or NECA-developed training programs and materials. Every opportunity will be taken by both organizations to participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on electrical contracting industry workplace safety and health challenges. OSHA will also speak, exhibit or appear at conferences or at other industry events, such as the NECA Exposition.
Finally, NECA and OSHA will develop and disseminate information through various media, including their respective websites, and will also encourage NECA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance and the Consultation Program.
NECA represents a segment of the construction market comprised of more than 70,000 electrical contracting firms. The industry employs more than 650,000 electrical workers. Founded in 1901, the Association works to promote higher standards, quality workmanship, and training for a skilled workforce in the electrical contracting industry.
OSHA is dedicated to assuring worker safety and health. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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