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US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, PUGET SOUND SHIPBUILDERS ASSOCIATION RENEW ALLIANCE TO PROMOTE WORKER SAFETY

Alliance marks 15 years of collaboration between the two parties

SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Puget Sound Shipbuilders Association in Seattle have renewed an alliance to continue a collaborative relationship that provides shipyard workers and companies with information about hazards and resources to promote safe, healthful workplaces and workers' rights.

First signed in 2007, the alliance will continue to build upon a culture of prevention through sharing best practices and technical knowledge. OSHA Washington Area Director Blake Skogland and PSSA President Dan Kelley will sign the alliance renewal in Seattle on April 15.

"OSHA and the Puget Sound Shipbuilders Association have combined resources to get effective workplace health and safety messages out to shipyard employees and supervisors since the inception of the alliance in 2007," said OSHA acting Regional Administrator Christopher Adams in Seattle. "OSHA looks to continue this long-standing and successful collaboration with PSSA."

With the renewal, OSHA and PSSA will continue to help ensure safer working conditions for shipbuilders. The two organizations will ensure employers and workers have greater access to training and resources to protect workers on the job.

The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.

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 workers by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha20220418-0



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PSSA gets involved in supporting Core Plus Maritime

In the first half of 2022 the PSSA took a proactive role in supporting Core Plus Maritime.

Core Plus Maritime is a part of the Manufacturing Industrial Council. It partners with 14 high schools around Washington and currently has 869 students involved in the program. Core Plus students learn skills in safety, tool and equipment use, employability skills such as successful resume writing and participating in mock job interviews with employers. For more information: https://coreplusmaritime.org/

PSSA believes in their mission of educating high school kids on the many opportunities in the Maritime industry. Earlier this year the PSSA and American Seafoods sponsored the travel costs for the Core Plus Maritime students and staff from Neah Bay High School allowing them to attend a maritime conference in Seattle.

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"Puget Sound Shipbuilders Association receives a ceremonial paddle from students at Neah Bay High School. Students made the paddle to thank PSSA for a donation to cover their travel and lodging expenses to Seattle for the Boat Show."

In May, the PSSA President Dan Kelley, participated in mock interviews with students attending the Sno-Isle Skill Center. The following week we followed up by participating in the Career Fair where the entire student body had a chance to attend and learn more about our maritime industry. With our industry struggling to find workers, these opportunities to interact with future maritime workers should be on Ship repair and building company's radar from a recruiting perspective. These students in the Core Plus Programs are generally hands-on and not afraid to get their hands dirty.

Sno-Isle offers programs in Welding, Diesel Tech, Autobody, Construction, Fire-fighting, and more.

Dan's company, Western Towboat has already had one senior come to Western Towboat for a visit and put a plan together for that person to start at WTB, with two others likely to join the team at WTB once they complete school.

As an industry the PSSA highly recommends our industry works to get involved in these programs and start planting seeds for the future. At your next job fair consider contacting the Core Plus Maritime organization. Educate the teachers about the opportunities in the Maritime Industry so that they can spread that enthusiasm to the students. This can be started by contacting Tory Gering - Email: tory@seattleindustry.org.




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