Region 6 News Release: USDL-OSHA-99-83-6-14
Monday, June 14, 1999
Contact: Diana Petterson or Beverly Sepulveda
PHONE : (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
OSHA PARTNER WITH AREA GROUPS TO LAUNCH MODEL WORKPLACE SAFETY PROGRAM
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Houston North and South area offices and the Houston Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) will launch a model workplace safety program entitled "Safety and Health AGC Partnership Excellence" or SHAPE. The ceremonial signing, which will include construction contractors, unions and trade skill council members, will take place June 16, 9:30 a.m. at the AGCA office on 3825 Dacoma.
SHAPE is a one year pilot program that offers employers an opportunity to participate in a comprehensive partnership program designed to reduce injuries and illnesses by identifying hazards and ensuring rapid abatement of those hazards. The program will be limited to a manageable number of employer sites.
To participate in the pilot program, an employer should agree to provide an effective safety and health program, provide OSHA with a log of occupational injuries and illnesses for the past three years and provide OSHA with quarterly listings of active construction sites within the OSHA North and South area offices jurisdictions. Additionally, employers will also allow OSHA access to job sites to perform an evaluation.
"The partnering employers will routinely inspect their job sites and identify safety and health hazards, abate these hazards and provide OSHA with a report," said Ray Skinner, area director for the OSHA Houston south area office. "The partnership provides greater safety on the job and gives employers and employees an opportunity to work together for safety and health in the workplace."
"Partnership does not exempt the employer from an inspection, but it does provide the employer and employees with a goal towards reducing workplace injuries," said John Lawson, area director for the OSHA Houston north area office.
For more information on the SHAPE program or to report workplace safety and health matters, contact the OSHA Houston North office at (281) 591-2787 or the OSHA Houston South office at (281) 286-0583.
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