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Region 3 News Release:    06-2009-PHI (OSHA 06-179)
Dec. 19, 2006
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102

New OSHA Partnership Formed to Protect Ship Repair Workers

NORFOLK, Va. -- Workers in the ship repair industry will be safer thanks to a new partnership formed between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Virginia Ship Repair Association, Inc. (VSRA). OSHA and VSRA formalized the partnership at a ceremony on Dec. 19, 2006.

The VSRA has over 160 member companies that work in or support the ship repair industry in Virginia and along the Mid-Atlantic coast of the United States. VSRA has a long-standing commitment to promote safety and health awareness to its members, which includes a strong training commitment to educational courses and seminars.

"We are pleased to join this partnership because it will foster positive relations between OSHA and VSRA," said Leo Edwards, the acting area director of the Norfolk OSHA office. "It will increase safety and health awareness in the association so the workers can go home injury free at the end of the day."

This partnership agreement reaffirms the close partnership that OSHA and VSRA have enjoyed for more than four years. The original partnership was ground-breaking in the ship repair industry when originally signed in 2002. The agreement has significantly reduced mishap rates and improved communications between OSHA and VSRA member companies.

OSHA's Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations, and employers.

Partnership goals include increasing the number of ship repair employers who develop, implement, and maintain comprehensive safety and health programs that target the primary causes of injuries and illnesses in this industry; keeping the DART rate (cases with days away from work, job-transfer, or restriction) for participating employers below the national average; further reducing this level by 4 percent annually during the life of the partnership.

For more information, contact the Norfolk OSHA office at (757) 441-3820.

Since its Strategic Partnership Program began in 1998, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed more than 300 partnerships, impacting over 13,000 employers and 573,000 employees across the United States. 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. For more information, visit


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