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Region 2 News Release: 08-65-NEW/BOS 2008-023
Tues., Jan. 22, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA forms safety and health partnership for GE X-ray manufacturing facility project at RPI Tech Park

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Enhanced safety and health protections for more than 350 employees constructing the General Electric Healthcare Digital X-Ray Detector manufacturing plant at the Rensselaer Technical Park in North Greenbush, N.Y., is the goal of a new partnership among federal and New York state agencies, the general contractor and union representatives.

An agreement has been signed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the New York State Department of Labor On-Site Consultation Program, Turner Construction Co. and the Greater Capital Region Building and Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO. Under the partnership, every project subcontractor will be required to have a site-specific safety and health program administered by a qualified person. Subcontractors must also provide ongoing safety and health training that addresses new project tasks or processes, a safety and health orientation for all new hires, and certified OSHA training for all foremen.

Other requirements of the partnership include task-specific weekly toolbox instructions for employees about safety and health standards that apply to each week's work, as well as documentation of all safety and health activities, including corrected hazards and near misses. The partnership is expected to help prepar