ASA - Alliance Agreement - July 15, 2003


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) recognize the value of working together to increase the level of knowledge and cooperation between the organizations and to support a culture of injury and illness prevention in the shipbuilding workplace. OSHA and ASA agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise and share best practices and technical knowledge to promote safe and healthful working conditions for shipbuilding employees by:

  • Providing ASA members and others in the shipbuilding industry with information and guidance that will help protect employees' health and safety by minimizing or eliminating exposure to shipyard safety and health hazards.
  • Increasing access to and developing safety and health information and outreach programs.

OSHA and ASA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Develop and disseminate injury and hazard information at conferences, events and/or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and ASA's Web sites.
  • Familiarize OSHA personnel with the shipbuilding industries' safety and health best practices and share information on the best practices of ASA's members/worksites, as jointly determined by OSHA and ASA, with others in the industry.
  • Share current injury, hazard and workforce trends to help identify the top priorities for the development of employee safety and health training and outreach programs for the shipbuilding industry.
  • Promote and encourage ASA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and SHARP. In addition, act as mentors to ASA members that aspire to excellence in safety and health.
  • Create and update electronic assistance tools for OSHA's Web page that address shipbuilding safety and health hazards.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects for the maritime industry that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

OSHA and ASA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting a national safety and health dialogue.

  • Raise awareness through speeches and appearances by ASA leaders of their positive and successful worksite programs and their commitment to workplace safety and health.
  • Convene and/or participate in roundtable discussions or other forums to discuss issues, as jointly identified as top priorities by ASA and OSHA, in order to develop innovative solutions to specific injury and hazard issues in shipyards.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, the team will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs and Directorate of Standards and Guidance and Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.

John Henshaw
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


Paul Robinson
Member, Board of Directors
American Shipbuilding Association