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OSHA and Iron Workers Union renews safety alliance

01.04.11

JANUARY 2011, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

OSHA and Iron Workers Union renews safety alliance

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, December 16th- The United States Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), recently announced a renewed alliance with the Steel Erectors Association and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Re-Inforcing Ironworkers Union in Pennsylvania.

The agreement means OSHA and its alliance partners will continue to promote workplace safety and health, and provide guidance and training resources for steel erection workers.

Local 36 in South Whitehall represents Iron Workers Union members throughout the Lehigh Valley.

“The first two years of our alliance have been a tremendous success. With fall hazards a leading cause of death in the construction industry, we will keep working closely with our alliance partners to identify methods for reducing falls and other hazards,” said Al D’Imperio, director of OSHA’s Philadelphia Area Office.

According to OSHA, since its inception in November 2008, the alliance has provided safety and health cross-training sessions to more than 1,000 steel erection workers and safety and health professionals in Southeastern Pennsylvania alone.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHAct) of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure these conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training education and assistance.

Through the Alliance Program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration works with groups committed to worker health to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

These groups include labor unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, faith and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions.

OSHA and the groups work together to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.

Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration programmed inspections but are encourage to participate in the safety training.

For more information on the program visit OSHA’s website at:
http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/index.html.

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