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OSHA AND ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS FORM PARTNERSHIP TO IMPROVE SAFETY IN CONSTRUCTION
The safety and health of construction workers took center stage today when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) entered into a formal partnership that officials from both organizations say will help focus efforts to make construction sites safer across the nation.
The Construction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) agreement was signed by OSHA Administrator Charles N. Jeffress and AGC Executive Vice President and CEO Stephen E. Sandherr.
"This partnership not only formalizes our cooperative relationship," Jeffress said, "but stands as a statement of principles, symbolizing our commitment to work together to improve safety and health on construction sites. Mutual trust and respect are key to our efforts to provide safe and healthful working conditions for those who build America's infrastructure."
Under terms of the partnership, AGC will create three tiers of safety and health performance -- Red, White and Blue. To reach "Blue" status, contractors must meet stringent safety and health guidelines that include:
In return for meeting these criteria, OSHA, after making a verification inspection, will:
The agreement requires that local AGC safety committees visit construction sites to verify the proficiency of the applicant contractor's safety and health program. The national AGC safety director will also conduct random oversight visits and submit annual reports of the partnership goal achieved to OSHA.
Jeffress said that OSHA area offices and AGC local chapters will be able to use provisions of the CHASE agreement to create local partnerships.
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