OSHA Renews Construction Safety Pact with Metro Denver HBA
OSHA and the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver have renewed their Home Safe Colorado partnership, a safety and health partnership that has been in effect since 1998--the first year OSHA began forming strategic partnerships. More than 25 residential homebuilders, together employing more than 1,600 employees, participate in the program, which OSHA says has seen injury and illness rates up to 50 percent lower than the national industry average.
The Home Safe Colorado partnership works to reduce serious injury and illness rates in the residential construction industry through training and education programs and by developing and implementing safety and health management systems. Jobsite audits and compliance with OSHA standards are requirements of the program.
OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers, and employees. More than 1.4 million employees and nearly 28,000 employers across the United States have participated with OSHA in more than 580 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.