US Department of Labor, Puget Sound Shipbuilders Association renew alliance to promote worker safety
SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Puget Sound Shipbuilders Association in Seattle have renewed an alliance to continue a collaborative relationship that provides shipyard workers and companies with information about hazards and resources to promote safe, healthful workplaces and workers’ rights.
First signed in 2007, the alliance will continue to build upon a culture of prevention through sharing best practices and technical knowledge. OSHA Washington Area Director Blake Skogland and PSSA President Dan Kelley will sign the alliance renewal in Seattle on April 15.
“OSHA and the Puget Sound Shipbuilders Association have combined resources to get effective workplace health and safety messages out to shipyard employees and supervisors since the inception of the alliance in 2007,” said OSHA acting Regional Administrator Christopher Adams in Seattle. “OSHA looks to continue this long-standing and successful collaboration with PSSA.”
With the renewal, OSHA and PSSA will continue to help ensure safer working conditions for shipbuilders. The two organizations will ensure employers and workers have greater access to training and resources to protect workers on the job.
The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.