Roadway Work Zone Safety, Health Hazards Targeted By New Alliance
OSHA, NIOSH and the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners have partnered to develop resources to protect employees from health and safety hazards.
The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners are the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
"This agreement will provide alliance program participants and other governmental and non-governmental organizations with information, guidance and access to training resources," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "These resources will help the alliance protect employees from general health and safety hazards and reduce and prevent exposures to roadway work zone safety and health hazards. Some of these employees are in high-risk occupations and some may have limited English proficiency."
OSHA, NIOSH and the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners will work together to develop and disseminate case studies demonstrating how an effective safety and health program adds value to a business. They also will participate in forums, roundtable discussions and stakeholder meetings on work zone safety and health issues to forge innovative solutions to workplace hazards.
ARTBA has more than 5,000 members with knowledge and experience in building road, rail, airport, public transit, port and waterway facilities. The IUOE has 400,000 members in 170 unions throughout the United States and Canada. The more than 700,000 LIUNA members are employed in various construction fields and work on a wide variety of projects, from skyscrapers to tunnels and remove hazardous materials from buildings, such as asbestos and lead. NAPA has more than 1,100 member companies and represents the interests of the Hot Mix Asphalt producer and pavement contractors on a national level. The AGC has more than 33,000 members which include general and specialty contractors, as well as suppliers and service providers in 100 chapters throughout the nation.
NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. For more information, contact OSHA at http://www.osha.gov
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