OSHA has launched a new alliance with the Roofing, Heating & Metal Contractors Association to promote workplace safety and health for employees in the local roofing industry. The RH&MCA represents approximately 20 small roofing contractors working throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan region.

Through the alliance, OSHA will work with the association to exchange information on the best safety and health practices in the roofing industry.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to reach out to small business owners with guidance on fundamental safety and health issues that may arise during their routine work activity," said OSHA Philadelphia Area Office Director Albert D'Imperio. "Fall hazards remain the leading cause of fatal accidents and injuries in the construction industry. With a focus on education and training, this alliance will allow us to work closely with employers to reduce employee exposure to falls, as well as address other recognized roofing hazards."

OSHA's Philadelphia Area Office, which has jurisdiction over Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester counties, is participating in the alliance.