US Department of Labor, Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association align to protect workers, minimize exposure to shipyard safety, health hazards
Who: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association
What: Workplace safety alliance
Background: On Dec. 13, 2022, OSHA’s Area Office in San Diego and the Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association signed a two-year alliance to proactively enhance a safe and healthful work environment for workers in the shipbuilding and repair industry. The two organizations will collaborate to prevent workplace incidents and fatalities by providing training, promoting best practices, improving safety and health programs, and ensuring compliance with OSHA standards and regulations.
OSHA and the association will work with other maritime alliances to provide information and expertise on several related projects, including OSHA’s Shipyard Employment eTool, which describes common hazards and possible solutions for tasks performed during ship repair, building, breaking and barge cleaning processes.
The Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association is a Susan Harwood Training Grant recipient that provides training on important industry topics such as confined spaces, fall protection, fire prevention and personal protective equipment. The association’s member shipyards employ more than 14,000 workers.
The OSHA Alliance Program enables organizations to enter voluntarily into a cooperative relationship to raise awareness of OSHA’s initiatives, outreach, communications, training and education.
Quote: “OSHA and the Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association are committed to protect the thousands of people employed in the ship building and repair industry in San Diego,” explained OSHA Area Office Director Derek Engard in San Diego. “Alliances like these allow OSHA to promote safe work practices, and help employers and workers recognize hazards to ensure that workers’ shifts end safely.”