Are IMO regulations tough enough to keep national governments from imposing stricter measures?

Only partly
No--expect a slew of regional regs!

Marine Log

August 22, 2007

ASA and OSHA renew alliance

Today at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) headquarters, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Mr. Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., and American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) President, Ms. Cynthia L. Brown, signed an agreement renewing an alliance between OSHA and the American Shipbuilding Association.

The Alliance Agreement, in place since 2003, seeks to promote cooperative relationships between management, labor, and OSHA, and the implementation of comprehensive safety and health management systems in the workplace.

The Alliance Agreement states OSHA and ASA will continue to work together to achieve the goals of:

Providing expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and providing expertise in developing ways of communicating such information.

Sharing information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding ASA best practices or effective approaches, and publicizing results through outreach by ASA and through OSHA- or ASA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.

Promoting and encouraging ASA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

Working with other Alliance participants on specific maritime industry issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

Convening or participating in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on shipyard safety and health hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

Ms. Brown stated, "This Alliance Agreement with OSHA demonstrates the importance that the American Shipbuilding Association places on the safety and well-being of our workforce. The shipbuilding industry is heavily dependent upon and highly values our skilled workforce. That is why we prioritize this relationship with the federal regulatory agency responsible for helping us to ensure a safe and quality working environment for the men and women who build the safest and most technologically advanced ships in the world."

The American Shipbuilding Association's members include the nation's six largest shipyards and 87 companies engaged in the design and manufacture of ship systems, components, technologies, equipment, and in providing technical support services.