NSC, OSHA Renew Their Alliance

They agree to cooperate to address construction fall prevention and injury and illness prevention programs.

OSHA and the National Safety Council have renewed an Alliance that they originally signed in September 2003 and renewed twice before, in September 2005 and October 2007. They said they have agreed to cooperate to address construction fall prevention, motor vehicle safety, and injury and illness prevention programs.

"Our continued alliance with NSC will focus on, among other things, preventing worker injuries and fatalities from falls in construction," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Falls cause more fatalities than any other hazard in the construction industry. We look forward to collaborating with the NSC to educate and train employers and workers on preventing job hazards."

"For more than 40 years, NSC has maintained a strong partnership with OSHA. We look forward to continuing this partnership to make an even greater impact in educating employers and workers on best practices in workplace safety. Working together, we can surely reduce the number of workplace deaths and injuries in our nation," said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the council.

During the two-year agreement, the partners will develop fact sheets on the benefits of employers establishing an injury and illness prevention program, hazard identification and control topics that should be included in worker training, fall prevention, and best practices for reporting near misses. They also will develop a case study on preventing falls from heights in construction, focusing on the causes of fall protection failures, and how employers can ensure an effective and reliable fall prevention program.

For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/index.html.

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