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Region 2 News Release: 06-1644-PHI (146)
Fri., Sept. 22, 2006
Contact: Kate Dugan
Phone: (215) 861-5101
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Better health and safety for construction workers is the goal of a new strategic partnership launched on Sept. 19 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Keystone Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC) in Manheim, Pa.
A key goal of the partnership is to increase the number of ABC member companies in the association's Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP), a voluntary program that guides employees in evaluating and increasing the effectiveness of their safety and health programs, policies and procedures.
OSHA's health and safety partnerships are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's effort to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations and employers. The agency's area offices in Harrisburg, Allentown, Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., will represent OSHA in the partnership.
"The Labor Department is committed to protecting the well-being of construction workers," said Marie Cassady, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Philadelphia. "This partnership is an important step toward meeting that goal in Pennsylvania."
The ABC's Keystone Chapter in Manheim, one of 79 ABC chapters nationwide, joins many other chapters already partnering with OSHA. The Keystone Chapter has more than 726 member firms throughout South Central Pennsylvania and is one of the largest chapters in the country.
Besides increasing the number of companies taking part in ABC's STEP program, objectives of the partnership include reducing injuries from falls, struck-by and caught-in mishaps and electrocutions, and mentoring STEP applicants to move from bronze to platinum, ABC's highest STEP award level.
Employers and employees with questions about this or other OSHA partnerships may call the Harrisburg office at (717) 782-3902 or visit the OSHA Web site at www.OSHA.gov.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 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 working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.
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