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OSHA Trade Release
May 8, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA forms Alliance with National Association of Home Builders
Will focus on Spanish-speaking workforce in residential construction

WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) joined with OSHA today in an Alliance to further occupational safety and health in the residential construction industry. The Alliance will focus on the industry's Spanish-speaking workforce.

"This Alliance is a critical step forward in providing safety and health information and training to Spanish-speaking workers," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "They continue to suffer disproportionately higher fatality rates than others in this country. I believe the collaborative actions we're taking with NAHB today will produce more positive results in ensuring safe and healthful workplaces for all workers in this important industry which is the objective of both NAHB and OSHA."

Added NAHB President Kent Conine: "Through this Alliance, we will be able to leverage our association's resources and focus greater attention on addressing the educational needs of the residential construction industry workforce -- particularly the needs of the Spanish-speaking workforce, which is the fastest growing segment of our industry's labor pool."

OSHA and NAHB have agreed to the development and presentation of training and education programs and workshops on residential construction industry issues, emphasizing the Spanish-speaking workforce. Both organizations will also explore the feasibility of developing a comprehensive safety training course specific to residential construction similar to OSHA's 3