OSHA, Construction Management Association Form Alliance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) are teaming up to share their collective expertise to help prevent injuries and illnesses in construction workplaces.

"Construction workplaces are among the most hazardous workplaces in this country today," said OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw yesterday. "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 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 other appropriate venues, and cross-training of OSHA personnel and industry safety and health practitioners in construction management best practices.

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