OSHA renews alliance with SMACNA
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association recently renewed an alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that help protect employee health and safety.
"We appreciate SMACNA 's contributions to our motor vehicle safety and health topics page and other materials," said OSHA administrator Ed Foulke, Jr. "We are pleased to continue working with them to further protect employee health and safety."
Established more than two years ago, the alliance will continue to focus on motor vehicle safety, fall protection and personal protective equipment. It includes an emphasis on cuts and eye injuries, and reducing and preventing exposure to amputation and welding hazards.
"We are enthusiastic about our ongoing alliance with OSHA because it ensures continuity and structure for the development of new safety information and tools to make American workplaces safer,” said Richard J. Cramer, Sr., president of SMACNA.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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