ABC of Alabama signs safety alliance with OSHA
By Barbara Ibrahim
In an effort to improve safety and health guidelines of Alabama construction workers, the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Alabama chapter recently formed an alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
According to Jay Reed, vice president of ABC’s Alabama chapter, the safety alliance with OSHA will make safety documents readily accessible to contractors and construction workers in a non-threatening environment.
Over the past three to four years, Reed said the ABC safety committee realized emerging contractors were not taking the time to ensure all OSHA safety requirements were being followed. If OSHA were to come onto a jobsite and find that their standards were not being met, written citations could occur.
This prompted the Alabama chapter to take action – in the form of informational “tool box kits” that will be distributed to its members.
“By providing this kit at no cost, emerging contractors get a list of suggested guidelines and procedures to ensure a safe worksite,” Reed said.
In addition, the kits provide contractors with proper contact information for future training and a way to get answers regarding the new safety program.
Part of the alliance also includes ABC of Alabama and OSHA working together to develop a library of safety-related materials, which will be located at the chapter’s headquarters in Birmingham after renovations to the building are completed.
“This commitment shows ABC’s dedication to safety on their members jobsites,” Safety Committee Chairman Jerry Gillis said. “The ABC Safety Committee is continuously looking for new and innovative ways to communicate their safety outreach programs. This new alliance does that by making OSHA documents readily available.”