Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Edwin G. Foulke Jr. and key construction industry stakeholders today launched OSHA’s national 2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign to help keep teenagers safe and healthy on the job. “OSHA has a strong and long-standing relationship with the construction community,” said Foulke. “Through this campaign, we hope to instill a culture of safety and health at a young age in America’s next generation of employees. We look forward to working with this country’s construction safety and health leaders to further our goal of ensuring teenagers learn lifelong habits that allow them to go home safe and healthy at the end of the day.”
Through the campaign, OSHA, in collaboration with the agency’s 13 national and numerous regional construction industry-related alliances, will provide information on working safely and avoiding construction hazards. A kick-off event at the Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring, Md., featured speakers Ronald DeJuliis, Maryland commissioner of labor and industry and Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA, as well as support from the National Parent Teacher Association; the National Association of Home Builders; Associated Builders and Contractors; Associated General Contractors of America; the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers; the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; the Center to Protect Workers Rights; the Building and Construction Trades Department-AFL/CIO; the Construction Safety Council; the Laborers International Union of North America; and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Standards Administration.
During the event, Thomas Edison students demonstrated safe and healthful work practices such as proper use of hearing protection and other personal protective equipment, safe use of hand tools and tips to avoid falls.