ASSE Presents New Approaches to Workzone Safety During Free Webinar
Des Plaines, IL (March 29, 2010) — In its ongoing efforts to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses especially with seasonal roadway construction just around the corner, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will co-sponsor a free webinar addressing work zone safety with the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse this April 21 at 1 p.m. (EDT). This one-hour webinar will address the hazards of work zone safety, preventive efforts aimed at protecting the worker, and the new American National Standard ANSI/ASSE A10.47-2009 “Work Zone Safety for Highway Construction”.
The ASSE work zone safety standard, which became effective last February, is a comprehensive standard covering several practices including flagger safety, run over/back over prevention, equipment operator safety, illumination, personal protective equipment (PPE), and much more.
“OSHA has few standards that cover work zone safety,” said A10.47 Subcommittee Chair Scott Schneider. “The Federal Highway Administration is focused on safety for motorists and workers but also on reducing delays to the traveling public. Work zone safety standards also vary by state. The A10.47 standard is intended to fill the gap and to help contractors develop best practices to protect the safety and health of road construction workers. Each year, many construction workers are killed in work zones. They are run over by motorists, backed over by construction vehicles and electrocuted by overhead power lines.
“This standard deals with this wide range of hazards. Following it could save many of these lives,” Schneider said.
Schneider, also the director of safety for the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America will provide a detailed overview of the standards during the webinar and take questions at the end of his presentation.
ASSE serves as the secretariat for the A10 Accredited Standards Committee on construction and demolition operations. The A10 voluntary consensus standards serve as guides to contractors, labor and equipment manufacturers in the construction and demolition industry.
The webinar will be offered free of charge. Those interested in attending can register on The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse website (http://www.workzonesafety.org/training/record/10234).
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.