The Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) has just renewed its long-running partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Established in 2008, the OSHA-VSRA Partnership is the only maritime OSHA Partnership in existence, and has the active participation of 34 partner-companies.
“The OSHA-VSRA Partnership creates an invaluable forum for open communication and dialogue between OSHA and the members of the ship repair and shipbuilding communities,” according to Bill Crow, President of VSRA, “By extending this agreement, we have renewed our commitment to ensuring a safe and healthy workplace for the dedicated men and women of the ship repair industry.”
“Partnering with OSHA is for those employers who want to do the right thing and enhance their worker safety and health programs.” said Stan Dutko, Jr., OSHA Area Director “The continued partnership between OSHA and VSRA demonstrates that VSRA members are committed to providing a safe and healthful working environment for every worker.”
Through their Partnership programs, OSHA enters into an extended, voluntary, cooperative relationship with employers, employees, and employee representatives to encourage, assist, and recognize their efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of worker safety and health. Partnership members remain subject to enforcement, but the partnership provides an opportunity to work cooperatively with OSHA to find effective ways to reduce worker injuries, illnesses, and deaths.
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