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CSDA/OSHA Alliance Focus on Defensive Driving

St. Petersburg, FL – Through their Alliance, the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provide vital materials to advance the safety and training of sawing and drilling professionals and to help foster a safe work environment. A major focus of the Alliance is to develop Best Practices (tip sheets) for the sawing and drilling industry. A new Best Practice entitled Defensive Driving (CSDA-OBP-1003) has just been developed and released in an effort to educate drivers and prevent on-the-job road accidents and injuries.

Cities and towns everywhere are experiencing increased traffic due to the ever-growing numbers of vehicles on the road, and it is important to take all necessary precautions to avoid collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians. The Defensive Driving Best Practice provides sawing and drilling operators with advice and tips that will help them to remain vigilant behind the wheel and ensure their vehicles are road-worthy. Adherence to the information provided could literally be the difference between life and death for drivers and passengers.

CSDA and OSHA have worked together on safety and health issues for the country’s concrete sawing and drilling industry for almost three years, and have also released Best Practice documents on the subjects of Highway Work Zone Safety and Reducing Silica Exposure. All of these Best Practices are also available in Spanish.

OSHA will be sharing the CSDA booth at the 2009 World of Concrete, February 2 – 6 in Las Vegas. Representatives from OSHA will be present to answer any questions attendees have that relate to the health and safety of workers, specifically those employed in the sawing and drilling industry segment.

To view this Best Practice document, visit and click on the OSHA Alliance logo towards the bottom of the home page. For more information on any Best Practice documents, call CSDA at 727-577-5004 or email

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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 more than 550 international member companies


Contact: Patrick O’Brien, Executive Director
Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association


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