Region 4 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - February 25, 2011
AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
TAMPA AREA OFFICE
THE ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS, INC.,
FLORIDA GULF COAST CHAPTER
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Tampa Area Office and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter hereby renew the Alliance signed June 12, 2008, with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to falls, trenching and excavation, scaffold, confined space, struck-by, chemical and electrical hazards, as well as other prevalent safety and health hazards in the construction industry. Specifically, OSHA and the ABC, Florida Gulf Coast are committed to providing the ABC, Florida Gulf Coast 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 place emphasis on effectively communicating these issues to hard-to-reach groups, such as non-English speaking and youth workers. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on prevalent hazards in the construction industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To develop effective training and education programs for construction workers regarding fall protection, trenching and excavation, electrical safety, scaffold safety, confined space safety, steel erection, struck-by hazards and health issues, such as silica and hexavalent chromium, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers, including hard-to-reach groups (non-English speaking and youth workers).
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of the aforementioned courses.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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 the ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter's conferences, local meetings, or other ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter's events.
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 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 plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and shareinformation on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Tampa 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 two-years. 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 written concurrence of both signatories.
Steve Cona, Jr. Date
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Leslie L. Grove III Date
Tampa Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration