SCA and osha national alliance
SCA has partnered with OSHA through the National Alliance program since 2003. The Alliance promotes continued awareness and training of employees in the industry. Through the Alliance, OSHA and the Shipbuilding Group will provide shipyards across the country with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to electrical, ergonomic, struck-by, and slip, trip and fall hazards in shipyard employment, and by addressing issues of non-English-speaking or limited-English-speaking workers.
The Alliance's goals include:
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on shipyard safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Outreach and Communication:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the Shipbuilding Group's websites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA's or the Shipbuilding Group's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as SCA's Bi-Annual Safety Seminars.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the Shipbuilding Group's good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by participants.
Alliance developed products and resources
The participants developed a Safety Alert which identifies tasks in shipyard employment that present ergonomics-related hazards. This Alert also provides possible solutions for workers and employers to reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in shipyards by preventing stress to the body and unncesssary fatigue.
The participants developed a Safety Alert focusing on welding and hot work in shipyard employment. The Alert provides tips and reminders to help maintain a safe work environment by indentifying situations and hazards associated with Hot Work. (2009, Feburary)
The participants developed Safety Alert focusing on the control of hazardous energy - lockout/tagout (LO/TO) procedures in shipyard employment. The Safety Alert provides useful tips and reminders to control the release of hazardous energy through LO/TO procedures in shipyard building and repair. (2008, September)
The participants developed a Safety Alert focusing on shipyard sewage and hydrogen sulfide. The Safety Alert is designed to make both shipyards and employers and employees aware of the hazards of sewage systems on both ships and shipyard shore facilities and how to prevent accidents involving hydrogen sulfide gas. (2006, July)
This Safety Alert identifies ventilation-related hazards and procedures in shipyard employment and provides possible solutions for workers and employers to reduce injuries and fatalities in the maritime industry. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards establishing minimum performance requirements can be found at 29 CFR 1915, Subpart B, C and D.
This Safety Alert identifies prevention of eye injuries in shipyard employment.
The participants developed a series of toolbox talks focused on hearing conservation in the shipbuilding industry. The toolbox talks address a number of hearing conservation-related topics, including shipbuilding noise levels and selecting hearing protection. The toolbox talks also include a hearing protection checklist for workers in shipyard employment (2009, April)
additional osha safety & health Resources
- Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program
- Generic Shipyard Fire Protection Plan
- OSHA Makes the Business Case for Safety & Health
- OSHA Maritime Compliance Information
- OSHA Shipyard Abrasive Blasting Guidance Document
- OSHA Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Shipyards
- OSHA Safety and Health Injury Prevention Sheets for Rigging and Process in the Shipyard Industry
- OSHA Authority Over Vessels and Facilities on or Adjacent to U.S. Navigable Waters and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) (PDF)
- OSHA Distracted Driving Initiative
- OSHA: Preventing Falls in Construction
- OSHA: Preventing Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
- OSHA: Aerial Lift Fall Protection Over Water in Shipyards