OSHA and IWCA are committed to providing IWCA members and others with information and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, and understand the rights of workers, and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address slips, trips, and falls from heights, and other issues related to the proper and safe use of high-reach access equipment, including, but not limited to, rope descent systems (RDS), ladders and scaffolding. The renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. In renewing the Alliance, OSHA and IWCA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-Site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals. The Alliance goals and the objectives include:
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws, standards such as, but not limited to, Walking-Working Surfaces, and Hazard Communication as well as providing guidance resources, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers, whistleblower protections, and anti-retaliation responsibilities.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on fall, caught-in-between, and other scaffolding related hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Outreach and communication
- To share information on OSHA's National Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, Outreach), and opportunities to participate in initiatives such as, but not limited to, OSHA's Safe and Sound Campaign, the National Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, and Heat Illness Prevention.
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the IWCA's websites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or IWCA conferences, local meetings, or other regional events.
- To share information among industry safety and health professionals regarding IWCA good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.