OSHA Allies With Rhode Island Construction To Promote Safety

Providence, RI (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has joined with the Safety Alliance Furthering Educational Resources in Rhode Island (SAFER) to provide safety and health information, training and resources for employers, employees and others involved in the Ocean State's construction industry.

The centerpiece of the alliance will be a series of free monthly roundtable meetings to be held the first Wednesday of each month, September through June, at the New England Institute for Technology in West Warwick or at other locations in Rhode Island.

Each meeting will focus on specific construction safety and health topics, and offer SAFER members opportunities to network with safety professionals, learn how to control safety hazards, share lessons learned, exchange information, discuss OSHA regulations, and review local injury and illness trends.

"We want to reach out to everyone in the state's construction community - small and large employers, their employees and trainees, safety and health professionals - and provide them with practical, useful information and productive dialogue that will help them better identify, evaluate and eliminate hazards before they harm workers," said Patrick Griffin, OSHA's area director for Rhode Island.

OSHA and SAFER also will share information on construction safety best practices and effective approaches, encourage SAFER members to build relationships with OSHA's area and regional offices, promote SAFER members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs, speak and exhibit at OSHA and SAFER events, and explore other methods of communicating safety and health information to the state's construction industry.

The alliance was signed in West Warwick by OSHA's Griffin and 32 members of SAFER. SAFER is an association of individuals and businesses in Rhode Island's construction community with an active interest in fostering workplace safety and health. Members of the state's construction industry interested in learning more about the SAFER alliance may contact Maryann Medeiros, the compliance assistance specialist in OSHA's Providence Area Office, at 401-528-4669.

OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 500 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.

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