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08-1719-PHI (osha 08-253)
Nov. 24, 2008
Contact: Leni Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5102

U.S Labor Department's OSHA forms partnership with Aker Shipyard
Goals include company working toward participation in Voluntary Protection Programs

PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently formed a partnership with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. and the Philadelphia Metal Trades Council designed to promote employee safety, and implement an exemplary safety and health management system.

The commercial shipyard company employs 1,300 workers with approximately 700 of its own employees and 600 subcontractors. The Philadelphia Metal Trades Council coordinates local efforts for metalworking and related crafts and trade unions.

As part of the partnership, Aker Shipyard will promote, institute and maintain a safety and health management system to protect its employees based on OSHA guidelines, which include: management leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and training.

Aker Shipyard also will endeavor to reduce injury and illness rates to levels that would make it eligible to apply for OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) in two years. More than 2,110 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Over the years, the VPP has proven to be an effective means of reducing injuries, illnesses, fatalities and costs, while fostering a more productive workforce and increasing