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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
Dec. 2, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Ergonomics, Hazardous Materials are key elements of the agreement
WASHINGTON -- Ensuring a safer and more healthful workplace for workers in the building service contracting industry is the goal of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) latest Alliance, signed today.
The Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) formalized an Alliance with OSHA to advance worker safety and health issues, with an added focus on workers with limited English proficiency. Key to the Alliance is the agreement to ensure that BSCAI members and others are armed with information related to reducing injuries and illnesses associated with musculoskeletal disorders, as well as exposure to hazardous materials.
"I'm looking forward to working with BSCAI 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 BSCAI that remain committed to assuring safety and health in the workplace. This Alliance will help assure greater protection of thousands of workers in the building service contracting industry."
"BSCAI is proud to be leading the building service contracting industry with this innovative OSHA Alliance," added Carol A. Dean, Executive Vice President of BSCAI. "This Alliance will help to further our joint objective of improving communication with our workers regarding safety issues. We look forward to a collaborative relationship with OSHA in further enhancing our industry's best practices regarding workplace safety, and a constructive and ongoing dialogue with OSHA about many of the unique challenges that face building service contractors."
OSHA and BSCAI agreed to work together to identify available resources and stimulate the development of new training programs and materials related to ergonomics and workplace exposure to hazardous materials. The development of case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health, such as the use of ergonomic tools in the building services industry, is also on tap, as is participation in forums and roundtable discussions on hazardous materials and ergonomic issues.
Both organizations will develop and disseminate information through various media, including OSHA and BSCAI websites and will also look for opportunities to speak, exhibit or appear at educational conferences and trade shows, including BSCAI's Annual Trade Show. The Alliance encourages BSCAI members to participate in the OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
BSCAI is a trade association representing the building service contracting industry and consists of members from more than 2,000 companies. BSCAI's member companies provide cleaning, building maintenance, and other related services to building owners and managers.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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