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Sept. 21, 2012

Newly revised construction safety and health partnership signed with AGC of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has signed a newly revised construction safety and health partnership with Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Minnesota.

The newly revised agreement upgrades the requirements for the Construction Safety and Health Excellence (CHASE) Minnesota program, which was agreed to in 2003 between DLI's Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) and AGC of Minnesota. The partnership is designed to reduce the number of injuries, illnesses and fatalities at participant construction industry employers.

"This revised partnership is designed to have an even greater impact on improving employee safety and health within the Minnesota construction industry," said Cindy Valentine, Minnesota OSHA workplace safety manager. "In the past, we have seen far too many fatalities in this industry and needed to identify what more could be done."

The partnership is managed by AGC of Minnesota through its CHASE Minnesota program and has three levels. Level 1 requires the employer maintain the minimum requirements of a safety and health program. Level 2 requires a more comprehensive safety and health program. Level 3 is Minnesota OSHA's Cooperative Compliance Partnership (CCP) program where MNOSHA Compliance will provide compliance assistance for a specific project. To qualify, contractors must be at Level 2 for a minimum of one year and can then apply for participation in the CCP program for construction projects projected to last at least six months, but fewer than 18 months.

To begin this process, DLI representatives met with 14 construction industry stakeholders nearly a year ago. The group included representatives from Minnesota OSHA, large and small construction contractors from throughout the state, and loss-control insurers.

"This partnership provides a strong tool for contractors in all construction markets who wish to differentiate themselves from their competition," said Dave Semerad, CEO, AGC of Minnesota. "But most importantly, it represents a commitment to the safety and health of the working women and men who build Minnesota."

Associated General Contractors of Minnesota is a nonprofit professional trade association dedicated to promoting opportunity and excellence in the building and highway construction industry throughout Minnesota.

View the newly revised partnership online at www.dli.mn.gov/OSHA/Partnerships.asp.

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