The Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announce the renewal of their Alliance to further the safety and health of construction workers in the sawing and drilling industry. The renewed Alliance will focus on issues such as electrical safety, hearing protection, ladder and scaffold safety.
"The construction industry has among the highest rates for injuries, illnesses and fatalities," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "Our renewed Alliance with CSDA will expand upon our efforts to produce products designed to increase safety awareness and recognition of job hazards, particularly for sawing and drilling contractors."
Through the Alliance, CSDA representatives continue to serve on the editorial board for the Concrete and Concrete Products — manufacturing and Construction Safety and Health Topics page and continue to participate in the Construction Roundtable Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroup. OSHA representatives also spoke at the World of Concrete Trade Show and at the CSDA Annual Convention. In addition, OSHA and CSDA have developed compliance assistance products including two best practices, "Highway Work Zone Safety" and "Reducing Silica Exposure." A Third on "Defensive Driving" is in final review. All these Best Practices are being translated in Spanish.
According to Tom Stowell, CSDA president, further enhancement of safety programs that CSDA provides to the concrete sawing and drilling industry has resulted through joint efforts.
CSDA has a long-term history of developing a wide array of safety and training materials for sawing and drilling contractors such as a CSDA Safety Manual for concrete cutters, CSDA Safety Handbook, 56 Toolbox Safety Tips, training videos and field, classroom and online training programs for sawing and drilling contractors.