As the recovery operation at the World Trade Center continues in New York, OSHA has announced a new partnership initiative to help protect the safety and health of workers involved.

The WTC Project Staten Island Recovery Operation Partnership formalizes a commitment to safety and health among federal, state and city agency representatives, contractors, employees and employee representatives participating in the effort.

Among the groups joining OSHA in the partnership are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, New York Police Department, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York City Department of Health and New York City Department of Sanitation

The agreement calls on the partners to exercise leadership in preventing occupational fatalities and serious injuries and illnesses for all workers involved in the WTC Staten Island Landfill Recovery Operation. Partners agree to work cooperatively with all organizations assisting in the operation

The groups have the following goals in mind:

  • Ensure implementation of and compliance with the WTC Staten Island Recovery Operation Emergency Project Environmental, Safety and Health Plan;
  • Abate all serious hazards immediately; and
  • Share safety hazard and exposure monitoring data.

The partnership is similar to another pact OSHA recently initiated with contractors, employees, employee representatives, and federal, state and city agency representatives involved in the emergency response effort at the World Trade Center site called the Staten Island Recovery Operation Partnership.