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OSHA News Release – Region 8
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 8 News Release: OSHA 06-866-DEN
Monday, May 22, 2006
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302
DENVER -- Enhancing safe and healthful working conditions for workers in Colorado's construction industry is the goal of a newly signed alliance between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Colorado Chapter (ABC).
Under the alliance, OSHA's Denver and Englewood area offices and the ABC will work together to develop and deliver training and education programs for their members, focusing on reducing employees' exposure to construction hazards including falls, electrical and trenching/excavation.
"This alliance will present a resource for ABC Western Colorado members and their employees by providing safety and health information, and knowledge that will help them identify and prevent workplace hazards,¿ said Greg Baxter, OSHA regional administrator in Denver. "Most importantly, this alliance will provide another tool to reduce injuries and illnesses in the construction industry."
OSHA and ABC will share information regarding chapter member's best practices and distribute it through outreach activities. The alliance also will encourage participation by ABC members in OSHA's cooperative programs, including compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), the state consultation service and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
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. The ABC Western Colorado chapter of the national Associated Builders and Contractors is a trade association comprised of construction contractors and builders throughout Colorado.
OSHA has created more than 350 alliances nationwide 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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