Safety & Health Advocacy

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a Federal advisory committee called the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). Over the years, several LHSFNA staff members have served as labor representatives on this committee and its work groups. The committee meets several times a year. Much of the work is done through the work groups established by the committee.  These work groups make recommendations to the full ACCSH which can then send them to OSHA. LHSFNA staff normally attends and participates in work group meetings.

OSHA also has a number of Alliances with industry and labor. Along with the LIUNA Training and Education Fund, ARTBA, NAPA, NIOSH, ISEA and other partners, we participate in the Roadway Safety Alliance whose  purpose is to develop training products to promote safety in the industry.  The Roundtable of OSHA construction alliances has a few working groups in which we participate, specifically one on small business and one on orientation training.  The Alliance and Roundtable each meet two or three times a year.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) does research on occupational safety and health issues and has sector research councils which contribute to the agency’s ten-year National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). We are on the construction sector council.  The council has ten working groups on various topics such as safety culture and health hazards.  NIOSH also has a Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) which meets several times a year to review NIOSH’s research program and make recommendations to the Agency.  LHSFNA had a representative on this Board and is asked by NIOSH researchers to partner with them on various research projects.  The LHSFNA also serves on NIOSH’s Prevention through Design (PtD) working group.

NIOSH also organizes the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Construction Sector Council which sets research priorities for construction safety and health. LHSFNA staff currently co-chairs this sector council.

North American Building Trades Union (NABTU)
Safety and Health Committee

The Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO has a Safety and Health Committee that meets every month and includes representatives from most building trades unions. It mostly focuses on what is happening at OSHA with regard to construction. Our staff is active on several of the subcommittees.

AFL-CIO Staff Subcommittee on Occupational Safety and Health

The AFL-CIO Staff Subcommitee meets every two months to discuss what is happening at OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH and in Congress and how the labor movement can influence OSH policy. LHSFNA staff are active on this committee and its work groups.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) develops national “consensus” standards with which industry may comply on a voluntary basis. Sometimes, these standards are subsequently adopted by OSHA, and OSHA often uses them as a basis for its regulations. The American Society of Safety Engineers is the Secretariat for the A10 standards. We participate in the A10 Committee, which develops standards for construction operations, and many of its subcommittees as well. As standards are revised or developed, we have an opportunity to review the draft, make comments and vote on their adoption.

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is secretariat for several American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committees and projects. ASSE organizes the committees that develop and maintain the standards, ensures that the revision process is timely and in accordance with ANSI procedures and publishes the final product of the consensus process.

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the largest association dealing with occupational health in the United States. It has several committees on which we work. The committees normally meet once a year in person, generally in conjunction with the AIHA annual conference, and have monthly conference calls. We participate on a number of committees such as construction, noise, ergonomics, social concerns and oil and gas. The commitees plan sessions at the annual conference and develop position statements and publications.

American Public Health Association (APHA)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is a large public health organization, representing more than 50,000 epidemiologists, occupational health nurses, health educators and other health professionals. We serve on the Occupational Health and Safety Section which promotes progressive public policy for healthful and safe working environments.

CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training

CPWR is affiliated with the BCTD and has a five-year cooperative agreement with NIOSH to do research on construction safety and health issues.  We work closely with CPWR on some of its research projects and work groups.