U.S. Department of Labor, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Sign Alliance to Protect Workers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association Kansas City Chapter have signed an alliance to protect sheet metal and air conditioning employees from industry-specific hazards.

The alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to falls, struck-by, caught-in/between, electrocutions, amputations, cuts, lacerations or punctures, lockout/tagout hazards and machine guarding. In addition, participants will use injury, illness and hazard exposure data to identify areas for greater awareness, outreach and communication to workers and employers.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with groups committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. These groups include unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, businesses, faith and community-based organizations and educational institutions. OSHA and the groups work together to develop compliance-assistance tools and resources, share information with workers and employers and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.