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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
September 9, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
WASHINGTON -- Construction workers will benefit from increased attention to safety and health issues under an Alliance signed today between the International Safety Equipment Association and OSHA during the National Safety Congress in Chicago.
The Alliance unites ISEA and OSHA on safety and health issues in heavy construction worksites, with a particular focus on the proper selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment.
"Our association with ISEA has been a long and productive one, and this Alliance will only strengthen a solid foundation built on workplace safety and health," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "I'm particularly pleased that we will work together to raise awareness of the importance of personal protective equipment for construction workers. We can help ensure that those workers are armed with the right equipment to protect themselves on the job."
"ISEA is delighted to enter into this Alliance with OSHA to protect workers in construction jobs," added Dan Shipp, ISEA President. "Our member companies understand the value of providing workers with the right personal protective equipment. Working with OSHA, we will be able to reach far more workplaces, informing users and supervisors about the proper selection, use and maintenance of PPE, and promoting worker safety and health as a sound business practice."
OSHA and ISEA will disseminate information on the appropriate forms of PPE, while promoting the value of its use to mitigate the many hazards found in heavy construction. Both organizations will also provide electronic links for users to obtain beneficial materials available on their websites. Additionally, communication between ISEA members and OSHA personnel will be promoted, particularly with OSHA's compliance assistance specialists, in order to stay current with developments in the field.
Representatives of OSHA and ISEA will participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction-related safety and health issues, and also speak, exhibit or appear at conferences, meetings and various industry events to promote the effectiveness of safety and health programs.
The Alliance also calls for the collection and sharing of information on the latest equipment technologies and best practices related to PPE with construction employers, labor organizations, insurance providers, other state and federal government officials, and safety and health professionals.
ISEA is a trade association that represents companies that manufacture safety equipment. Its members include companies that design and manufacture clothing and equipment used in factories, construction sites, hospitals and clinics, farms, schools, and laboratories.
OSHA is also using the forum at the National Safety Congress to form Alliances with the National Safety Council and Abbott Laboratories.
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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