Region 2 - Alliance Agreement - May 15, 2003


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Lehigh Construction Group, Inc. (Lehigh) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and Lehigh hereby form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.

OSHA and Lehigh agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for future members of the construction industry by:

  • Providing high school and collegiate level construction students with information, guidance, and training. This training will help protect their health and safety and raise their awareness as to the value of safety in the construction career field.
  • Increasing access to, and sharing of, safety and health information and training resources.

OSHA and Lehigh will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Identify schools in the western New York area having curriculums associated with the building trades and develop safety and health training materials and programs for students in those curriculums. This training will include dissemination of and sharing of best practices, as jointly determined by Lehigh and OSHA, with construction students. The development and delivery of this training and education will serve to better prepare tomorrow's construction leaders and workers at both the high school and collegiate levels.
  • Promote the implementation of this training opportunity through print or electronic media, at conferences, or by other means of outreach.

OSHA and Lehigh will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information at school job fairs, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and Lehigh's Web site.
  • Seek opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at school functions, student association meetings or other events.
  • Provide opportunities to cross-train OSHA personnel when construction management best practices and/or effective approaches are discussed in advanced courses at the collegiate level.

OSHA and Lehigh will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate our commitment to workplace safety and health whenever Lehigh leaders address groups.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations 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 quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect of one year. Either 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 concurrence of both signatories.


Patricia K. Clark
Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Arthur Dube
Area Director, Buffalo Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


David Knauss
Lehigh Construction Group, Inc.


Thomas Glomb
Vice President
Lehigh Construction Group, Inc.

Signed: 15 May, 2003