U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Public Affairs
Trade News Release
Monday, February 14, 2000
Contact: Michael Fluharty
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Agreement Expected to Create "National Framework"
OSHA Partners with Contractors
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Associated
Building Contractors (ABC) entered into a partnership today that officials from both Organizations say will become the industry model for how OSHA works with ABC member construction contractors with exemplary safety records.
Calling it "a template for future collaborations," OSHA Administrator
Charles N. Jeffress said that OSHA area offices and ABC local chapters will be the key players in creating local partnerships that implement the provisions of today's first-of-its-kind agreement.
Under terms of the partnership, ABC will create a "platinum" level safety designation for select members. Platinum will be the highest in a four-step ABC program designed to recognize its safest contractors. In order to reach platinum status, contractors must meet stringent safety guidelines that include:
In return for meeting these criteria, OSHA, after a verification
- an occupational injury and illness rate of less than 8.0 (industry
average is 8.8);
- a site specific written safety and health program, based upon either ANSI or OSHA guidelines, that includes employee involvement;
- training for employees on hazards specific to their jobs;
- effective supervisor training modeled on OSHA's 10-hour construction safety course;
- designated safety personnel who receive training equivalent to OSHA's 30-hour construction safety training course; and
- a track record that includes no willful or repeat serious violations in the last three years, and no fatalities or catastrophic accidents in the last three years that resulted in serious citations.
The agreement designates that local ABC safety committees visit
construction sites to verify data submitted by contractors seeking to become platinum members.
- not target the site for a planned - or "programmed" - inspection
within the next 12 months;
- conduct an unplanned inspection only in response to reports of
imminent danger, a fatality or catastrophic accident, and a signed complaint;
- handle all other complaints, except in cases of serious injuries, by telephone and fax;
- not issue penalties for non-serious violations that are promptly
- reduce any citation by the maximum amounts for good faith, size, and history.
The national ABC safety director will conduct random verification visits and submit annual reports to OSHA's construction directorate. In turn, OSHA will inspect less than 10 percent of the
sites to verify program compliance.
ABC, which represents nearly 22,000 members nationwide, estimates that
nearly 240 members could meet the criteria for the program.
This news release is on the OSHA Internet homepage at http://www.osha.gov.
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