Region 6 News Release: USDL-OSHA-99-49-4-19
Monday, April 19, 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 Austin area office and the San Antonio Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) have launched a model workplace safety program entitled Safety and Health Agreement Regarding Enforcement (SHARE).
The SHARE program offers employers an opportunity to choose between a voluntarily cooperative partnership and a traditional enforcement relationship. The cornerstone of the partnership is the voluntary development and implementation of effective workplace safety and health programs that provides for management leadership and employee involvement.
The employer must provide a qualified safety representative to self-inspect the participating job sites and provide the Austin area office with the findings and abatement actions monthly. In return, OSHA will conduct verification visits and few enforcement inspections.
The program allows contractors and OSHA to enter into an extended voluntary, cooperative relationship in order to encourage, assist and recognize their efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of worker safety and health.
OSHA Austin area office, the San Antonio AGCA and the San Antonio Building Trades will monitor the SHARE program in a three-way management partnership. Quarterly meetings will be held for evaluation and feedback as to the success of the SHARE program.
"SHARE comes at an important time," says Paul L. Brantley, OSHA Austin area director. "The San Antonio area is experiencing a construction boom and it is crucial that we take far reaching steps toward assuring safety and health in the workplace." The Austin area office coverage includes Austin, San Antonio, New Brunsefel, Temple, Bryan, College Station, Del Rio, San Angelo, Killeen, Gonzalez and Mexia.
For more information on the SHARE program or to report workplace safety and health matters, contact the OSHA Austin area office at (512) 916-5783, ext. 240.
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