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Region 1 News Release: 05-1151-BOS/BOS 2005-184
Wednesday, July 6, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

New Alliance to Enhance Safety for Workers in Ocean State Marine Trades

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for Rhode Island's marine trades workers is the goal of a newly signed alliance among the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the R.I. Department of Public Health's Occupational Health and Safety Consultation Program and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA).

OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships with employers, trade associations and labor. The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association represents over 220 businesses in the state's marine industry. Its member companies and organizations include boat builders, boatyards and marinas, engineering and consulting firms, dock builders, and boat hauling, service and storage facilities.

Participants will develop safety training programs for marine trades managers and workers covering chemical, noise, electrical and fall hazards. Courses will include chemical safety, respiratory protection, noise, fall protection and electrical safety. Participants will also promote and encourage RIMTA members and worksites to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs, such as the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), safety consultation and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).