The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Connecticut Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Division (CONN-OSHA), New Haven Building Trades and Dimeo Construction Company, have established a strategic partnership to promote workplace safety and health, and educate employees on construction hazards during construction of a new science building in New Haven.
The project is a five-story, 282,000-sq.-ft. science building expected to be completed in 2019. The partnership aims to reduce injury and illness rates; implement an effective safety and health program; conduct self-inspections; train contractors on hazard identification techniques; and support OSHA safety and health campaigns and initiatives.
“Our partnership with Dimeo Construction and the New Haven Building Trades demonstrates the positive impact a comprehensive safety and health program can have when management and labor come together to ensure employee safety in a high-hazard work environment,” said Steven Biasi, acting OSHA Bridgeport Area office director.
Through its Strategic Partnership Program (SPP), OSHA works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations, and other interested stakeholders to establish specific goals, strategies and performance measures to improve worker safety and health.
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 osha.gov/dcsp/partnerships/.