Region 5 - Alliance Agreement - August 26, 2011
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE BETWEEN
THE TOLEDO AREA OFFICE OF
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE TOLEDO ELECTRICAL JOINT APPRENTICESHIP
AND TRAINING COMMITTEE
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Toledo Area Office and The Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and The Toledo Electrical JATC hereby form an Alliance to provide The Toledo Electrical JATC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to electrical, confined space, and fall hazards and by providing information on health hazards such as heat stress and noise exposure, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and The Toledo JATC recognize that OSHA's 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 goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information related to Green Industry initiatives, such as wind and solar energies, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, such as electrical safety, fall protection, confined space hazards, rigging, heat stress and noise hazards, and including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on wind tower and photo-voltaic cell construction, installation and maintenance activities, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues related to these Green Industries.
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 apprentice and journeyman electricians and OSHA personnel regarding wind tower safety, photo-voltaic cell installation and maintenance safety, rigging, fall protection and confined space safety, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To collaborate to develop effective training and education programs for apprentice and journeyman electricians and OSHA personnel to promote the 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.
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 Toledo Electrical JATC's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or Toledo Electrical JATC conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Toledo Electrical JATC's good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To develop and disseminate case studies on wind tower safety and photo-voltaic cell installation and maintenance safety and publicize their results.
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 Toledo Area Office. OSHA will encourage 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.
Signed this 26 day of August, 2011.
Occupational Safety and
Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and