Ultimately, the purpose of the Occupational Safety and Health Division is to work with Laborers and signatory employers to solve real problems in the workplace. Often, this involves direct, face-to-face, onsite interaction about specific problems. Sometimes, it involves grant, regulatory or communications efforts designed to affect safety in workplaces across the continent.
This year, the Division continued the one-on-one assistance for which it is well known, helping local unions and individual signatory employers address specific concerns on the job. “Site visits are one of the most important tools we have for serving contractors and making job sites safer for LIUNA members,” says Scott Schneider, LHSFNA Occupational Safety and Health Division Director. “Not only are we able to help solve problems, we also learn a lot from each experience. Every situation is unique and, in many cases, they lead us into on-going relationships that also strengthen ties between employers and the local unions.”
Another key aspect of direct support, one that frequently is tied to site visits, is the development and implementation of company safety programs. The OSH Division helps companies train safety officers and design the safety programs that will minimize risks, reduce injuries and lost workdays and lower workers’ compensation costs.
The OSH team consists of experienced safety professionals with advanced degrees and years of onsite experience. Together, they can provide the kind of safety consultation that only the largest and most profitable companies can afford to retain in-house. At the same time, they know the construction industry and understand the reality of work for Laborers across the member spectrum. The OSH Division is a resource to signatory employers and Laborers alike, and its efforts enhance the two-way, labor-management partnership that is the core of every company’s success.
To tap this resource, all you need to do is call.