|OSHA, American Concrete Pipe Association form Alliance
Will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to confined space
WASHINGTON -- Protecting concrete pipe workers from the dangers
found in confined spaces is the goal of an Alliance signed
today by the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) and
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
"Confined space hazards are real and dangerous,"
OSHA Administrator John Henshaw said, "and this Alliance
will go a long way to ensuring that workers in the concrete
pipe industry are armed with safeguards to protect themselves.
Our cooperative relationship with ACPA is the right step to
take to advance safety and health protection for these workers,
and we look forward to a long and productive association."
"The American Concrete Pipe Association is excited about
this opportunity to bridge the gap between our industry and
OSHA," added Rich Holston, Chair of the ACPA Safety Task
Group. "It's our belief that this confined space Alliance
is the beginning of a long term relationship that will further
promote a safe workplace for our member companies and their
OSHA's Alliance with ACPA focuses on providing its members
and others in the industry with information on developing,
implementing, or improving confined space programs. ACPA will
assist OSHA in identifying safety and health issues specific
to the concrete pipe industry that can be addressed in web-based
electronic tools and other electric assistance products on
Both organizations will cross train personnel in confined
space hazards specific to the concrete pipe industry, and
best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and ACPA. Both
organizations will pursue opportunities to speak, exhibit,
or appear at conferences such as the annual ACPA conference,
local meetings, or other events that serve the industry.
Additionally, both organizations will explore opportunities
to establish forums at ACPA conferences and regional or state
chapter meetings to discuss injuries and illnesses relating
to confined space issues that frequently occur in ACPA member's
plants. The forums will provide a means to forge innovative
solutions to these problems in the workplace.
Finally, ACPA members will be provided information on the
potential benefits of participating in OSHA's cooperative
programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection
Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement
Recognition Program (SHARP).
ACPA provides members with research, technical, and marketing
support to promote and advance the use of concrete pipe for
drainage and pollution control applications. Currently, there
are more than 400 plants operated by ACPA members in the United
States and Canada.