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OSHA News Release – Region 6
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 6 News Release: OSHA-06-1681-DAL
September 28, 2006
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
HOUSTON -- Better health and safety for construction workers in South Texas is the goal of a new partnership uniting the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), J.E. Dunn Construction, and the Houston Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
OSHA Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing effort to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with groups, including trade associations, labor organizations and employers. OSHA's area offices in Houston are working together in this partnership.
"The Labor Department is committed to protecting the well-being of construction workers in America's work force," said Frank Strasheim, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Dallas. "All employees need to be assured of a healthful work environment. This partnership helps to ensure that goal is accomplished."
J.E. Dunn is the newest member of the OSHA/AGC exemplary partnership that started in 1999 and has grown to 10 Houston-based general contractors and one subcontractor. OSHA and AGC also conduct safety training with partnership members to improve hazard recognition and take corrective action when necessary.
Employers and employees with questions regarding this or other OSHA partnerships can call the Houston North area office at (281) 591-2438 or the Houston South area office at (713) -843-3700. Visit the OSHA Web site at www.osha.gov for more information.
Since the inception of OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program in 1998, more than 388 partnerships have been formed, impacting more than 13,000 employers and 573,000 employees across the United States. 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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