Through the Alliance, OSHA and the National Demolition Association (NDA) are committed to providing NDA members, safety and health professionals, the public, labor representation groups, and others in the demolition industry with information, guidance, and access to training that will help them protect workers by reducing and preventing exposure to hazardous waste hazards within the demolition industry by addressing the proper removal and recycling of hazardous materials, as well as the those hazards associated with the use and maintenance of demolition equipment, and promote a better understanding of worker rights and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
The goals of the Alliance include:
Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
- Share information on OSHA's National Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, Outreach) compliance assistance products, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process, including those relevant to demolition and related industries.
- Disseminate information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers through communications such as: OSHA and NDA websites, print, electronic (NDA newsletters, membership network emails) and social media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc., utilizing OSHA campaign #hashtags), NDA Library, electronic assistance tools, and scheduled calls/meetings.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and NDA conferences, local meetings, forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on health and safety hazards in demolition and related industries to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- Work collaboratively through the Alliance with other stakeholders to develop and disseminate an alliance product focusing on best practices in “Power Plant Demolition,” which will promote the advancement of safety and health for NDA members, safety and health professionals, the public, and other stakeholders in the demolition sector.
- Encourage worker participation by including the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America as an active participant in the Alliance implementation team and Alliance projects.
Training and Education
- Expand existing relationships between the NDA members and OSHA's Regional/Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including providing “Best Practice Training” to agency staff focusing on deconstruction and selective dismantlement of building components for re-use, repurposing, recycling, and waste management, in addition to providing technical expertise, when appropriate.
- Review and provide feedback on OSHA compliance assistance and educational materials related to demolition practices to ensure they reference current industry best practices.
- Revise existing and/or develop new best practices for demolition contractors to incorporate into workplace safety and health management systems and other safety performance programs.