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Region 1 - Agreement - February 20, 2020


AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
DIVISION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
AND
CONNECTICUT ROOFING ASSOCIATION


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), State of Connecticut Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) and Connecticut Roofing Association (CRA) 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 CRA hereby form an Alliance to provide CRA members and the public with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect workers by reducing and preventing exposure to fall, caught in-between, struck-by and electrical hazards, 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 CRA 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 objectives:

  • 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 information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and communicate such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and the CRA Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or CRA conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on falls, struck-by, caught in between and electrical hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CRA good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by promoting safety committees.
  • To collaborate with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects in the roofing industry.
  • To encourage CRA to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including falls.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives:

  • To develop effective training and education programs for CRA members regarding falls, struck-by, caught in-between, electrical hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for CRA members 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 OSHA 10 courses.

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 OSHA Hartford, Bridgeport, CONN-OSHA and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will h State

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided the terminating signatory gives 30 days’ written notice to the other signatories. This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of all signatories.

Signed this 7 day of February, 2020.


Dale Varney
Hartford Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Kenneth Tucker, Director
State of Connecticut


Steve Biasi
Bridgeport Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


James Carol
President