The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently renewed its alliance with the American Society of Safety Engineers. During the new five year agreement, OSHA and ASSE will address construction safety, temporary workers and hazards within general industry.
“Since our alliance began more than a decade ago, the ASSE has been a champion partner of the agency, communicating OSHA information to its members and supporting our national initiatives like the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “We look forward to building on this collaboration and will continue to work closely to help ensure the safety and health of all workers, including those who are most vulnerable.”
Through the alliance OSHA and ASSE will work to provide members and others with guidance and training resources on protecting worker safety and health, and understanding workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the OSH Act.
ASSE works to create safer workplaces and advance the profession for occupational safety and health professionals. Founded in 1911, it is considered the oldest occupational safety professional society and has a global membership of more than 36,000.
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. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections or any other enforcement benefits.
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 ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.