WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Shipbuilding Group have signed an alliance focused on preventing worker exposure to electrical, ergonomic, struck-by and slip, trip and fall hazards in shipyards.
The Shipbuilding Group is comprised of the National Shipbuilding Research Program and the Shipbuilders Council of America.
During the two-year agreement, OSHA and the Shipbuilding Group will develop training and identify best practices that promote safety and health in shipbuilding and repair. The alliance will also support OSHA’s prevention of falls campaign, including the delivery of safety stand-down events at shipyards.
Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses, and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.
The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.
Hank Tribolet, an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for the Maritime Industry who works with our parent company Safety Unlimited, Inc., told SUN News that he thinks this alliance will encourage experts to work with OSHA on developing hazard awareness and safety training for shipyards and will benefit the workers significantly.
Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections or any other enforcement benefits.