OSHA and Lamar Outdoor Advertising Company have renewed an alliance to help protect the safety and health of workers in the outdoor advertising industry in Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

During the five-year alliance, participants will focus on fall protection, personal protective equipment, safe use of ladders, electrical safety, control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), protections against bloodborne pathogens, and other safeguards against hazards inherent to the outdoor advertising industry.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health, such as trade and professional organizations, unions, consulates, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses, and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses.

Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries and give them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.

Founded in 1902, Lamar Outdoor Advertising Company offers a variety of billboard, interstate, logo, transit, and airport advertising formats for local and national businesses.

CBIA-OSHA Alliance

On Aug. 30, 2018, CBIA and OSHA renewed an agreement extending for five years an OSHA alliance to provide CBIA members and others with occupational safety information, guidance, and training.

The original agreement was signed Feb. 17, 2017.

The partnership will continue to emphasize reducing and preventing exposure to falls and struck-by, caught-in-between, and electrical hazards, as well as increasing understanding of worker rights and employer responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Through the alliance, OSHA, CONN-OSHA, and CBIA will use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data to help identify areas of emphasis for alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities.

"The partnership will continue to give CBIA members much more direct, ready access to OSHA personnel and resources and help transform what some see as an adversarial relationship into a collaborative working relationship," says Phillip Montgomery, CBIA's director of compensation services and safety.

Team members include representatives of OSHA's Hartford Area Office and Bridgeport Area Office, CONN-OSHA, and other appropriate offices.

Register now for CBIA's Boost Productivity with Smarter Workplace Safety workshop, designed to help you better align your EH&S protocols with lean initiatives, Jan. 9, 2019, from 8:30 to 11:30 am at the CBIA Conference Center in Hartford.