OSHA Forms Alliance with Mechanical Contractors, Pipefitters

At a ceremony in Seattle today, OSHA will officially sign an alliance with the Mechanical Contractors Association and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry Locals 26 and 32. The pact will be designed to provide employers and their workers in western Washington with information about programs and training to help reduce workplace hazards and their resulting human and financial costs, the agency said.

The alliance will include a variety of outreach activities such as training courses, workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions, and speakers to promote safety and health training. OSHA said it also will make efforts to communicate safety measures through the media and electronic assistance tools. Additionally, priorities will include developing courses for small businesses and employees who speak no or limited English regarding construction safety and health hazards.

"OSHA is pleased to join forces with the Mechanical Contractors Association and organized labor to find new ways to prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the construction industry," said Richard S. Terrill, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle.

The alliance will be signed by Terrill; Mechanical Contractors Association Executive Director Ed Kommers; United Association Local 26 business manager Phillip Dines, and United Association Local 32 business manager Larry E. Fritts.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with groups that are willing to commit to safety and health, including businesses, trade and professional organizations, unions and educational institutions. OSHA and the organization sign a formal agreement with goals that address training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health. For more information about OSHA alliances in Washington state, contact OSHA's regional office in Seattle at 206-553-5930.

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