PSSA News and Updates
Puget Sound Shipbuilder's Association shares news and updates to build a strong relationship with its members to foster safer and more healthful American shipyards.
US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, PUGET SOUND SHIPBUILDERS ASSOCIATION RENEW ALLIANCE TO PROMOTE WORKER SAFETY
Alliance marks 15 years of collaboration between the two parties
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.
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.
"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: email@example.com