OSHA Announces Committee on Construction Safety and Health

Association of Construction & Development
November 13, 2013 — 1,543 views  

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is planning to conduct a meeting in Washington DC for the advisory committee on construction safety and health in December 2013. The committee was established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and Occupational Safety and Health Act. It is tasked with advising the secretary of labor on occupational safety, health, construction standards, as well as matters related to policies.

The agenda consists of remarks from the assistant secretary of labor, updates from the directorates of construction and standards, and a presentation on the standard occupational exposure to beryllium. The public can give their recommendations regarding general safety and guidelines as well.

Role of OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration have played a major role over the years in ensuring the safety of America’s working men and women. OSHA has made several recommendations and enacted laws that make it mandatory for employers to ensure the safety and health of the workers.

The reforms enacted by the OSHA cover several areas. These include harmful chemicals, pollution, hazardous events, and accidents. All workers are required to be protected against these events by the employers.

Services Provided by OSHA

OSHA also provides training for the workers. The training ensures that the workers are capable of meeting any demands that are put upon them. The training makes the workers more employable and better suited for work. Most workers have benefited from OSHA and the associated training they have provided.

OSHA also provides education for future workers. OSHA has a presence in many schools and colleges. Students in these schools can benefit from OSHA and its programs. The programs of OSHA cover every aspect of employment and the health hazards that are associated with it.

OSHA has instituted several changes in the management of workplaces. All these have been done to ensure the safety of workers. This has also increased the participation of workers in workplace safety. Most of the guidelines provided by OSHA have improved the productivity of many workplaces. At the same time they have also made the workplace safer for workers.

In conclusion, it can be said that OSHA is one of the most important bodies in the regulation of workplace safety and worker health. It has enabled a lot of progress in this field by instituting guidelines and reforms. Currently, the committee is considering several other issues as well and is accepting suggestions from the public.

Association of Construction & Development