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State's 50th Cooperative Compliance Partnership Protects Worker Safety

 

Baltimore (Sept. 30, 2009) — Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Thomas E. Perez announced that the 50th Cooperative Compliance Partnership (CCP) has been signed by representatives from Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) and P.J. Dick, Inc. for the renovation of the School of Public Health on the campus of the University of Maryland.

"The success of the CCP program in enhancing worker safety has been extraordinary. The goal of providing the safest possible working conditions in Maryland has exceeded our expectations thanks to the agreements between state contractors and MOSH," said Secretary Perez.

The CCP is intended to reduce injuries and illnesses and utilize best safety practices beyond the minimum MOSH standards. The program is a cooperative agreement between MOSH and participating construction contractors, who agree to extend worker safety protection at a specific work site.

"This is our 50th Cooperative Compliance Partnership, and our second with P.J. Dick," said Labor and Industry Commissioner Ron DeJuliis. "It demonstrates our continued commitment to work cooperatively with employers and labor to make every effort to provide a safe and healthy workplace."

More than 15 general contractors have participated in the CCP program since it began in 1997. There are currently 13 active partnerships throughout the state of Maryland. Benefits of the partnership include: providing an open line of communication between the employer, employees and MOSH; spreading occupational safety and health cultures among subcontractors, who then take that knowledge to the next job; and providing a training site for the employer and new compliance officers.