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October 3, 2002
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999

Goal is Better Health and Safety for the Construction Industry

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) have established an Alliance to share their collective expertise to help prevent injuries and illnesses in construction workplaces, announced OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw today.

"Construction workplaces are among the most hazardous workplaces in this country today," said Henshaw. "This partnership is an important step in working with the CMAA membership in lowering the high injury and illness rates in the industry."

CMAA and OSHA will work together in this Alliance to provide CMAA members with information and guidance on protecting employees' health and safety, particularly in the area of reducing and preventing exposure to construction hazards, as well as increasing members' access to safety and health information and training resources for the industry.

The Alliance partners will also work together to develop safety and health programs and guidelines for members on implementing safety and health programs and processes in the workplace, and to organize and provide recourses to present OSHA's construction courses to CMAA members.

A number of information-sharing and dissemination goals are also among the partnership's aims, including links from each partner's website, speaking and exhibit opportunities at conferences, local meetings and o