Region 1 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - April 5, 2016


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bridgeport and Hartford Area Offices, and the State of Connecticut Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA), the International Union of Operating Engineers- (Local 478) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer, healthier American workplaces. To that end. OSHA, CONN-OSHA and Local 478 hereby establish a new Alliance with a continued emphasis on the construction industry's four major hazards: falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects or vehicles, and being caught in or between materials or equipment (Focus Four Hazards.) Each organization is committed to providing Local 478 members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act.) Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address construction safety and health hazards.

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.

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/Regional/Local 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 construction Focus Four Hazards.
  • To help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by continuing on-site outreach on Focus Four Hazards.

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 Local 478 members' worksites regarding falls, struck by, caught-in or -between, and electrical hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for Local 478 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-hour and 30-hour construction safety classes.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:

  • 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 Local 478's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry. workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or Local 478's conferences and local meetings.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.

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 tool 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 to develop a work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the Participants. In addition, they will meet at least 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 Bridgeport and Hartford Area offices, CONN-OSHA, and Local 478.

This agreement will remain in effect for five 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 5th day of April, 2016.

Robert W. Kowalski, Area Director, Bridgeport Area Office, USDOL-OSHA

Warren Simpson, Area Director, Hartford Area Office, USDOL-OSHA

Kenneth Tucker, Director, State of Connecticut, Department of Labor Division of Occupational Safety and Health

Craig Metz, Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 478