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Region 3 News Release: 07-553-PHI
April 17, 2007
Contact: Sharon Worthy David Sims
Phone: (202) 693-4676 (202) 693-1898
Education, industry and labor support construction safety awareness initiative
WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Edwin G. Foulke Jr. and key construction industry stakeholders today launched OSHA's national 2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign to help keep teenagers safe and healthy on the job.
"OSHA has a strong and long-standing relationship with the construction community," said Foulke. "Through this campaign, we hope to instill a culture of safety and health at a young age in America's next generation of employees. We look forward to working with this country's construction safety and health leaders to further our goal of ensuring teenagers learn lifelong habits that allow them to go home safe and healthy at the end of the day."
Through the campaign, OSHA, in collaboration with the agency's 13 national and numerous regional construction industry-related alliances, will provide information on working safely and avoiding construction hazards.
A kick-off event at the Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring, Md., featured speakers Ronald DeJuliis, Maryland commissioner of labor and industry and Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA, as well as support from the National Parent Teacher Association; the National Association of Home Builders; Associated Builders and Contractors; Associated General Contractors of America; the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers; the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; the Center to Protect Workers Rights; the Building and Construction Trades Department-AFL/CIO; the Construction Safety Council; the Laborers International Union of North America; and the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration.
During the event, Thomas Edison students demonstrated safe and healthful work practices such as proper use of hearing protection and other personal protective equipment, safe use of hand tools and tips to avoid falls. In addition, OSHA launched its "Construction: Build a Safe Work Foundation" Web page at www.osha.gov/SLTC/teenworkers/construction.
Now in the second of a five-year campaign, OSHA is striving to reduce work-related injuries among teenagers by teaching them on-the-job safety and how to integrate safety principles into their work from the beginning. The campaign highlights the Department of Labor's YouthRules! Initiative, which is designed to bring teenagers, parents, educators, employers, government, unions and advocacy groups together to ensure youth have safe and rewarding work experiences. For more information on working teens, visit www.osha.gov/SLTC/teenworkers and www.youthrules.dol.gov.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces 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. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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