Safety on the job is of critical importance to UA members, their families and our contractors. In fact, job safety is a top priority of the United Association and has been for a very long time. We believe that every worker has a fundamental right to return home from the job in the same shape as when he or she arrived at the workplace.
We also know that a safe workplace is a productive workplace. Contractors who have a strong track record of working safely, with fewer injuries and most especially, fewer fatalities, will have a competitive edge in the marketplace. Contractors with a strong safety program understand that cutting corners on safety might produce short-term savings, but actually lead to more accidents, increasing costs in the long run and damaging their credibility as responsible contractors. The United Association’s Standard for Safety is part of our ongoing commitment to protecting the health and safety of our members and represents a joint labor-management program to promote safe jobsites.
We vigorously promote the widespread, formal implementation of this standard in order to create a workplace culture that puts safety at the forefront at all times. The Standard for Safety covers every aspect of safety on the job, from when to use a cell phone to the importance of OSHA 30, a 30-hour training course certified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The standard also reinforces the zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use on the job.