Region 3 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - September 19, 2018


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Wilmington Area Office, Delaware OSHA Consultation/Delaware Department of Labor (Delaware OSHA Consultation) and Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. Delaware Chapter (ABC DE) (hereinafter referred to collectively as "the Participants") continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safety and health practices and programs to improve American workplaces. To that end, the Participants hereby renew the Alliance signed June 15, 2016 with a continued emphasis on preventing exposure to safety hazards and concerns at construction sites. Specifically, the participants are committed to providing ABC DE members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect 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 safety hazards and concerns at construction sites.

This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants also agree to meet the requirements for program participation laid out in 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 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 renewing 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/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 at the OSHA and ABC DE conferences, annual meeting and/or and the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent Falls in Construction 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 promoting the value of injury and illness prevention programs.
  • 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 and ABC DE's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.

Training and Education

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

  • To develop and/or deliver effective training and education programs for ABC DE members, their workers and others within the construction industry focusing on reducing and preventing exposure to falls, electrical, caught-in or between, and struck-by and any other relevant safety and health hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop and/or deliver effective training and education programs for ABC members, their workers and other 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 educate stakeholders and encourage the voluntary use of the free, confidential onsite consultation services provided by Delaware OSHA Consultation.

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 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 Wilmington Area Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-Site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

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 19th day of September, 2018.

  • Erin G. Patterson
  • Area Director
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  • Traci Fraley
  • Program Manager
  • Delaware OSHA Consultation
  • Delaware Department of Labor

  • Edward J. Capodanno, President
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
  • Delaware Chapter

  • Scott Cudmore
  • Safety Committee Chairperson
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
  • Delaware Chapter