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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a strategic partnership with the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute’s Safety, Health, and Environmental Services Group, and Barton Malow Construction Co. to promote worker safety and health during the construction of the North Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics High School Project in Alpharetta, Georgia. The partnership aims to prevent injuries and exposure to hazards during construction of the 243,728-square-foot building.

Under the agreement, the partners will encourage contractors to develop and implement safety and health programs; provide safety and health training to employees, employers and supervisors; and conduct effective self-inspections, chemical and particulate sampling, and outreach activities in areas where employees might be exposed to health hazards.

Through the Strategic Partnership Program, OSHA works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations, and other interested stakeholders to establish specific goals, strategies, and performance measures to improve worker safety and health.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance.

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