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OSHA News Release – Region 1
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 1 News Release: 05-890-BOS/BOS 2005-126
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
BOSTON, Mass. -- Enhancing workplace safety for the workers who repair and restore the nation's oldest commissioned warship, the U.S.S. Constitution, is the goal of a newly signed alliance between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Navy's Naval Historical Center-Detachment Boston (NHC-DB).
OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships.
The Naval Historical Center provides administrative support to the USS Constitution, including the ship's maintenance and repair facility at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. NHC-DB employs specially trained and skilled artisans, including ship restorers and riggers, who ensure that "Old Ironsides" is safe to sail and continues to shine as a symbol of U.S. Navy history and heritage.
"This alliance is a unique opportunity to share resources and knowledge to help ensure that one of our nation's most historic worksites is also one of its safest," said Marthe B. Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator.
Under the alliance, the two partners will develop and deliver training programs for NHC-DB employees who repair and restore the U.S.S. Constitution. Training will focus on the recognition and prevention of fall, electrical, caught-between and struck-by hazards. OSHA and NHC-DB will also share and promote best practices and effective approaches to workplace safety.
Signing the alliance were Kent and Richard T. Whelan, director, Naval Historical Center-Detachment Boston.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created more than 325 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
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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