Sept. 21, 2016, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Portland Cement Association (PCA) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) renewed for three years an ongoing alliance aimed at fostering safer and more healthful working conditions in the cement industry. Started in 2008, the agreement has enabled PCA and MSHA to share information, guidance and training resources to help protect the health and safety of all cement industry employees.
“Over the past seven years, this alliance has facilitated a productive collaboration between the cement industry and the regulatory agency, which has resulted in measurable safety and health benefits to cement industry employees,” said PCA President and CEO James G. Toscas.
“MSHA and the Portland Cement Association have cultivated a strong, cooperative relationship since the beginning of our formal alliance in 2008,” said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. “Our joint goal has always been protecting worker safety and health, and I believe we are achieving that through open discussions about safety procedures, best practices, training and outreach.”
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The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA members represent 92 percent of US cement production capacity and have facilities in all 50 states. The Association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment. For more information, visit www.cement.org.