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OSHA News Release – Region 8
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 8 News Release: OSHA 04-577-DEN
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302
DENVER -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated General Contractors of Colorado Building Chapter, Inc. (AGC) have formed a partnership to improve safety and health at Colorado construction sites. The statewide Construction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) partnership provides incentives to AGC contractors who have excellent safety and health programs and involves OSHA's Denver and Englewood offices.
OSHA health and safety partnerships are part of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative initiatives with companies and trade associations.
"CHASE recognizes construction industry employers that have exemplary safety and health programs, who are setting an example for the industry to follow," said Greg Baxter, acting OSHA regional administrator in Denver. "By entering into this agreement, the partners have committed themselves to ensure employee safety and health in the construction industry."
Under terms of the CHASE partnership, AGC will create three tiers of safety and health performance -- Red, White and Blue. To reach "Blue" status, contractors must meet stringent safety and health guidelines that include maintaining an occupational injury and illness rate 10 percent less than the industry average and involving employees in all aspects of the safety and health program.
In return for meeting these criteria, OSHA, after making a verification inspection, will not target the participating contractors for "programmed" inspections for a year, and will conduct inspections only in response to a fatality, serious injury, formal complaint or high-gravity serious hazard.
The CHASE partnership will be evaluated annually to determine whether the goal of a three-percent reduction in the number of injuries, illnesses and fatalities has been met when compared with Bureau of Labor Statistics published data for Colorado and nationally.
Since 2001, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created more than 80 partnerships to prevent accidents and promote job health and safety. OSHA is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses and protecting the health and safety of American workers. For more information, visit www.osha.gov and click on "cooperative programs."
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