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Region 1 News Release: 05-1411-BOS/BOS 2005-203
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074


OSHA Joins Dartmouth College and State of N.H. to Enhance Job Safety and Health for Construction Workers in the Upper Valley

CONCORD, N.H. -- Improving safety and health for construction workers in the Upper Connecticut River Valley is the goal of a newly-signed alliance among the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Dartmouth College, and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services' Consultation Program.

Under the alliance, OSHA will provide construction safety and health training on the Dartmouth College campus. The training will be open to Dartmouth College contractors and other Upper Valley employers, particularly small and independent contractors. It will focus on recognition and prevention of a variety of common construction hazards, including falls and electrical, struck-by and caught between hazards as well as lead and silica exposure.

"This alliance is a new and exciting means of reaching out to the construction community in the Upper Valley," said Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA's New Hampshire area director. "Working with the college and the state, we can help contractors and workers identify and correct hazards before they hurt workers."

In addition to providing training, the alliance partners will promote and encourage participation by Dartmouth College's contractors and other area contractors in OSHA's cooperative programs, such as the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), safety consultation and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Contractors will also be encouraged to build relationships with OSHA's regional and area offices to address construction safety concerns.

The alliance was signed July 8 in Concord. Signatories were Ohar; Marthe Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator; Michael B. Blayney, Ph.D, director of environmental health and safety at Dartmouth College; and Stephen Beyer, consultation project manager for the N.H. Department of Environmental Services. For more information about this and other OSHA alliances in New Hampshire, call OSHA's Concord office at (603) 225-1629. A photograph of the signing will be e-mailed upon request by contacting fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov.

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 with employers, trade associations and labor. OSHA 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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