SCA renews OSHA partnership for shipyard workers

(WASHINGTON) – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Philadelphia Regional Office and the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipbuilding, maintenance and repair industry, have renewed a partnership to continue protecting the nation’s shipyard workers from workplace safety and health hazards.

The partnership was first established in July 2021 as a two-year alliance, and given the success of the partnership, the initiative will now extend to 2026. The partnership will continue its mission to:

• Share information on occupational safety and health standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
• Develop information on identifying and mitigating workplace hazards to disburse to shipbuilding and repair industry employers and workers.
• Advocate for the use of OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program, including the Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“Our alliance renewal with the Shipbuilders Council of America will continue to make preventing safety hazards common in the shipbuilding and repair industry a priority. These hazards include falls, heat, hazardous atmospheres, electrocution, fires and explosions,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Michael Rivera in Philadelphia. “Together, we can continue educating industry employers and protecting industry workers.”

“Continuing to partner with OSHA is an important way to promote best practices in ensuring the health and safety of those who work in the shipbuilding and repair industry,” said Matthew Paxton, president of the SCA. “We have made great strides and achievements and our continued partnership will build on the foundation of the safety of our entire industry.”

The SCA presents safety awards annually to its member companies who demonstrate excellence and improvement in their total recordable incident rates (TRIR).

– Shipbuilders Council of America

By Rich Miller