SCA - Alliance Agreement - January 31, 2003


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American shipyards. OSHA and SCA therefore agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help advance a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.

OSHA and SCA agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for shipyard employees by:

  • Providing SCA members with information and guidance that will help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to shipyard safety and health hazards.

  • Increasing access to and the development of safety and health information and outreach programs.

OSHA and SCA 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 informational links from OSHA's and SCA's web sites.

  • Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health practitioners in SCA's best practices or effective approaches; as jointly defined by OSHA and SCA.

  • Share up-to-date shipyard information, such as injury, hazard and workforce trends, with OSHA to help identify the top priorities for the development of employee safety and health training and outreach programs for SCA members.

  • Promote and encourage SCA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation and SHARP. In addition, act as mentors to SCA members that aspire to excellence in safety and health.

OSHA and SCA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national safety and health dialogue:

  • Share information on the best practices of SCA members/worksites, as jointly determined by OSHA and SCA, with others in the industry through OSHA or SCA developed programs and materials.

  • Raise awareness through speeches and appearances by SCA leaders of their positive and successful worksite programs and their commitment to workplace safety and health.

  • Convene and/or participate in stakeholder groups, roundtable discussions or other forums to discuss issues, as jointly identified as top priorities by SCA and OSHA, in order to develop innovative solutions to specific injury and hazard issues in shipyards.

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, they will meet on a regular quarterly schedule to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will afford the opportunity for representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association and the association of state Consultation Projects to participate as well.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing and will automatically be renewed annually thereafter. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from either signatory.

John Henshaw
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Jess McCluer
Manager, Government Affairs
Shipbuilders Council of America