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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
November 18, 2003
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- - Improving roadway work zone safety and health is the goal of a new Alliance the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition.
"This Alliance bolsters our efforts to protect the health and safety of workers in roadway work zones," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Together, we create the synergy to focus more effectively on work zone safety and health issues on a national level and develop innovative solutions for reducing injuries and fatalities."
The Coalition hailed the Alliance as "an avenue to help us focus on 'value-added' results - value added in terms of safe, healthy, productive employees. The goal is to ensure that roadway workers return safe and healthy to their families at the end of each workday."
OSHA, NIOSH, and other members of The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition will develop hazard awareness training and education programs on roadway work zone safety targeted to Spanish-speaking and "hard-to-reach" highway construction workers. Alliance members will encourage Coalition members and their affiliates to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. In addition Coalition members will be encouraged to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area offices to address work zone safety and health issues.
Through the Alliance, OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition will disseminate information and case studies that illustrate the business and social value for reducing work zone injuries and fatalities. Additionally, the members will share research findings with the construction industry so that the interventions and best practices described in training and outreach activities are based upon best-available scientific data.
The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition members are NIOSH, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).
A joint team made up of representatives from all organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.
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