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OSHA Forms Alliance with CSDA
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announce the formation of an Alliance to further the safety and health of workers in the sawing and drilling industry. The Alliance will focus on highway work zone hazards, motor vehicle safety and respiratory protection for hazards associated with silica.
"CSDA has a long-standing commitment to advancing the safety and training for sawing and drilling operators and the Alliance with OSHA will further advance safety awareness and recognition of job hazards for sawing and drilling contractors through training and education," said Susan Hollingsworth, President of CSDA.
"This Alliance gives us an opportunity to provide vital guidance materials and training resources to thousands of workers in the concrete cutting industry that will help foster a safer work environment," added Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "The collective expertise of CSDA and OSHA can significantly improve the safety and health of workers in the industry."
CSDA had already developed an extensive array of safety and training materials for sawing and drilling operators. Over 1,300 students have graduated from CSDA sawing and drilling training courses Sawing & Drilling 101, Cutting Edge, Operator Certification, OSHA Construction Safety and Estimating. In addition, CSDA has produced five safety and training videos covering flat sawing, core drilling, wall sawing, hand sawing and wire sawing. A 57-page Safety Handbook and a 200-page Safety Manual have also been developed to assist sawing and drilling cutting contractors in establishing safety and health programs.
The OSHA and CSDA Alliance will produce new products designed to increase the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and develop ways of communicating that information throughout the industry using print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and the websites of both organizations.
OSHA and CSDA will share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CSDA's best practices and help publicize that information through written materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures. Finally, both organizations will take the opportunity to speak, exhibit and appear at conferences, events, stakeholder meetings and roundtable discussions to discuss safety and health issues for the concrete cutting industry while helping to forge innovative solutions to reduce workplace hazards.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. CSDA develops materials and programs to help sawing and drilling contractors meet this responsibility. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or www.csda.org. Photos of the signing are available upon request.
CSDA is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the concrete construction and renovation industry. The CSDA mission is to promote the selection of professional sawing and drilling contractors and their methods. Concrete cutting with diamond tools offers industry many benefits including lower total project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris, limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily-reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has over 500 international member companies.