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In an ongoing effort to give Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) employees a basic understanding of new-home construction and key safety hazards typically present in residential construction, members of the Arkansas Home Builders Association and NAHB Labor, Safety & Health staff on Nov. 3 conducted a day-long “Building a House” seminar for OSHA staff members from Little Rock, Ark., and Oklahoma City.
NAHB developed the seminar through the NAHB-OSHA Alliance, which focuses on providing NAHB members and others in the residential construction industry — including non-English and limited English speaking workers and trade contractors — with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers.
The “Building a House” seminar trained the OSHA personnel on the language and sequence of new-home construction; typical materials and methods used; the personnel, processes, techniques and trade contractors involved; and the safety hazards encountered and applicable safe work practices employed.
“We are extremely excited that NAHB has created this program because it has opened the doors even wider in strengthening our mutually beneficial working relationship with local OSHA offices,” said Julie Mills, executive vice president of the Arkansas HBA. “The ‘Building a House Seminar’ has helped tremendously to educate OSHA staff members on the unique processes involved in building a house and we will continue to work through our NAHB-OSHA Arkansas Alliance to advance the safety and health of the home building industry.”
The seminar enabled Arkansas member builders, the NAHB staff and OSHA enforcement and compliance assistance staff to discuss the difficulty of complying with many of the OSHA standards involved in the residential construction industry.
NAHB continues to advocate that compliance assistance activities improve relationships between OSHA and employers, and improve safety and health more enforcement programs.
Through the alliance, which was formed in 2003, NAHB and OSHA continue to address fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between safety hazards. The alliance also enables NAHB to help improve relationships between its members and the OSHA staff and to advocate measurable improvements in construction safety and health through education and cooperation, rather than solely through strict enforcement programs.
For more information about the NAHB-OSHA Alliance, visit the OSHA webpage at www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/nahb/nahb.html.
The video provides an overview of the key safety issues that residential builders and workers need to focus on to reduce accidents and injuries.
Based on the NAHB-OSHA Jobsite Safety Handbook, this DVD is intended to be used as part of an essential residential construction safety-training program and includes two 20-minute videos on one DVD.
To view or purchase this DVD online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.