A new alliance was formed between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Fire Sprinkler Association to address reducing and preventing exposure to material handling, as well as fall hazards and issues related to motor vehicle safety.
“Serious injuries can occur while performing tasks commonly associated with fire sprinkler installation. It is our goal to provide useful information and resources to protect the safety and health of these employees,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Through the alliance, employers and employees in the fire sprinkler and construction industries will receive guidance on material handling and fall hazards and on motor vehicle safety issues. The alliance will develop training and educational programs addressing these hazards and communicate information through exhibits, conferences, and OSHA- and AFSA-developed websites.
Steve Muncy, AFSA president, said, “In forming this Alliance, the American Fire Sprinkler Association, and its 900 contractor members, look forward to a positive relationship with OSHA, working together to develop, promote and implement continued safe practices in the fire sprinkler industry. This model cooperative relationship between government and industry will benefit employers and employees alike.”
For more information, visit www.osha.gov.