Region 1 - Alliance Agreement - February 20, 2019
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
ADSC INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FOUNDATION DRILLING
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Boston Regional Office (OSHA) and ADSC International Association of Foundation Drilling North East Chapter (ADSC NEC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and ADSC NEC hereby form an Alliance to provide ADSC NEC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to fall protection, silica, pinch-point and equipment operation hazards and addressing safety issues, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance’s activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and ADSC NEC 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.
Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on fall protection, silica, pinch-point, and equipment operation hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace and to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by providing information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety.
Training and Education
The participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:
- To develop effective training and education programs for unions and non-union employees regarding fall protection, silica, pinch-point and equipment operation hazards and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for union and non-union employees to promote understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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 ADSC’s Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or NEC-ADSC conferences, local meetings or the Northeast Chapter’s Safety Committee Meeting.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NEC-ADSC-s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NEC-ADSC and through OSHA’s or NEC-ADSC’s developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on fall protection, silica, pinch-point, and equipment operation hazards that are addressed through the Alliance program.
- To develop and disseminate case studies on foundation drilling issues and publicize their results.
OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party’s product services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization 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 at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Region 1 Boston office. OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate if for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notices. This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 20th date of February, 2019.
- Jeffrey A. Erskine, Deputy Regional Administrator, Boston Regional Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Denis Ambio, President, ADSC- International Association of Foundation Drilling, Northeast Chapter
- Frank Calabro, Business Manager, Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 88
- David Borrus, Business Manager, New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Local 56
- John Gaffney, Training Director, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 4