Region 3 - Alliance Agreement - January 31, 2019


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Philadelphia Area Office and The Mechanical & Service Contractors' Association of Eastern Pennsylvania UA Local 420 Steamfitters & the Plumbers Union Local 690 (herein after referred to collectively as "the Participants") recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safety and health practices and programs to improve American workplaces. To that end, the Participants hereby form an Alliance to provide mechanical workers with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to: fall, trenching, silica and other occupational safety and health hazards, and understanding 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 Participants 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 to measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety and health. In developing this Alliance, the Participants 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 Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and Outreach Initiatives), 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 speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other training sessions and events.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, lectures, and other appropriate forum.
  • To develop and disseminate case studies on silica exposure and publicize their results.

Training and Education

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

  • To develop and deliver effective training and education regarding hazards from falls, trenching, silica exposure, concrete , equipment, and from hazards created by other contractors on the worksite, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of specific safety and health related courses that directly affect mechanical workers. Some of these may include but are not limited to: Active Shooter Training for construction sites, Safety Stand-Downs, positive re-enforcement through behavior based safety, elevated hazard identification, and embracing the notion of "See Something, Say Something".

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, communication, 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 to develop a work plan, determine working procedures, and identify 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 Philadelphia Area Office and any other appropriate offices.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any signatory organization 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 thirty first day of January, 2019.



  • Theresa Downs
  • Area Director
  • Philadelphia Area OSHA Office



  • Frank Wall
  • Executive Vice President
  • The Mechanical & Service Contractors Association of Eastern PA



  • Anthony Gallagher
  • Business Manager
  • UA Local 420 Steamfitters



  • John Kane
  • Business Manager
  • Plumbers Union Local 690