Region 1 - Alliance Agreement - September 10, 2019
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
ANDOVER OSHA OFFICE
THE NEW ENGLAND LABORERS TRAINING ACADEMY
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Andover Office and the New England Laborers Training Academy (NELTA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safety and health practices and programs to improve American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and NELTA hereby form an Alliance to provide NELTA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help the NELTA protect employee’s safety and health. The alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards, including but not limited to trenching, fall protection, electrical safety, caught in between and struck by hazards. In addition, education and outreach will be provided on current and upcoming 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 also agree to meet the “Fundamental Requirements for OSHA Alliance Program Participants” and the “Guidelines for OSHA’s Alliance Program Participants: Alliance Products and Other Alliance Projects.”
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use available 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, including but not limited to member surveys, to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety and health. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and NELTA 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: Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objective.
- To share information on OSHA’s National/Regional/Local Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, Outreach), and opportunities to participate in initiatives and the rulemaking process
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To develop and communicate such information via print, electronic media or other that are affiliated with the NELTA.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or NELTA conferences, local meetings, or other NELTA events.
- To encourage NELTA Regional Council members to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues that affect their members.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives.
- To partner with the NELTA training program to provide, develop and communicate effective training and education programs such as: four high hazards (falls, electrocution, struck by and caught in between) as well as Introduction to OSHA and other safety topics that maybe relevant to the NELTA and its members.
- To develop effective training and education programs for NELTA 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.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of educational initiatives on selected priority topics identified by the implementation team.
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 initiatives, outreach, communications, training, and education. These Alliances have proven 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 products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet one to two 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 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Andover Office. OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and OSHA On-Site Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect two years. Any 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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 10th day September, 2019.
- Anthony Covello
- Area Director- Boston North Area Office
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- James Merloni III
- New England Laborers Training Academy