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Region 4 News Release: 11-318-ATL (98)
March 15, 2011
Contact: Michael D'Aquino      Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076      404-562-2078
E-mail: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov      wald.michael@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA to support Construction Education
Foundation of Georgia Career Expo March 17 and 18 in College Park, Ga.

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration area offices in Georgia are supporting the seventh annual Construction Education Foundation of Georgia Career Expo on March 17 and 18 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

Participants will include school teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers, industry experts and likely more than 5,000 middle school, high school and technical college students.

The expo will simulate how the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver-certified Arabia Mountain High School, a sustainable energy efficient green facility, was built. The sights, sounds and equipment of a real construction site will make the expo an interactive educational experience. From designing the school and preparing the site to constructing and powering the building, students will be invited to participate in the processes and activities critical to delivering a safe, high-quality project. Special emphasis will be placed on green building and safety. Attendees are required to treat the expo like a construction site, which means they will be required to wear a hard hat, safety glasses, long pants and closed-toe shoes. Safety will be supervised by industry professionals.

Participating companies and organizations include the U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division, Turner Construction Co., Brasfield and Gorrie, Holder Construction Co., Perkins and Will, New South Construction, PCL Industrial Construction Co., Pyramid Masonry Contractors Inc., the Georgia Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Georgia Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America, Georgia Utility Contractors Association, Goodman Decorating Inc., Independent Electrical Contractors, the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association, the Masonry Association of Georgia, the American Institute of Architects, Georgia Power Co., the Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction Consortium, the U.S. Green Building Council Georgia Chapter, the Technical College System of Georgia, Southern Polytechnic and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Through this effort and participation in the Georgia Youth Alliance Program through the expo, OSHA plans to effectively impact the safety and health of teen workers in Georgia. OSHA's Young Worker Initiative provides additional information and resources to teenagers, parents, educators and employers to ensure safe and rewarding work experiences. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov/teens.

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 ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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