Maritime safety meeting setOSHA and the Shipyard Workers Union have agreed to work together to improve workplace safety and health among shipyard workers in San Diego.

The alliance formed recently between the two entities includes guidance and training programs and a awareness-raising about hazardous operations onboard ships during building and repair periods.

Through the alliance, OSHA and the Shipyard Workers Union will work jointly to develop effective training and education programs for shipyard workers and OSHA personnel. The alliance will focus on emergency response, confined spaces onboard ships, respirator use and toxic metals.

Jay Vicory, director of OSHA's San Diego Area Office, said the agreement presents "a tremendous opportunity” to prevent accidents and injuries and reduce hazards.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with businesses, trade associations, unions, consulates, professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses in specific injuries. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. For more information, visit