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September 14, 2006
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Adds Fire Protection Module to Shipyard Employment eTool

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTONThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today launched a new Fire Protection Module as part of its interactive Web-based training tool Shipyard Employment eTool.

The module and eTool are products of Alliances between OSHA and the American Shipbuilding Association, National Shipbuilding Research Program, and the Shipbuilders Council of America.

"This is a crucial addition to a very important resource that helps educate employers and employees on the steps they can take to ensure their safety in the event of a fire while performing shipyard work," said OSHA Administrator Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "The Fire Protection Module builds upon the viable information in the eTool that helps employees identify job-related hazards and learn about possible solutions."

The module focuses on the importance of protecting shipyard employees from fire hazards while conducting ship repair, shipbuilding, shipbreaking, barge cleaning and other work-related activities through implementing an effective fire protection plan. It is important that employees learn to recognize, respond and provide corrective action during a fire crisis, so the module also offers users ac