Region 5 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - May 23, 2014


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and The Cleveland Safety Forum continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and The Cleveland Safety Forum hereby renew the Alliance signed June 19, 2012, with a continued emphasis on providing Safety Forum members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of construction workers. Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address occupational topics including, but not limited to crane regulations, fall protection, silica exposure, training and education in hazard recognition and control in the construction industry, and the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and The Cleveland Safety Forum 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 and following goal related to raising awareness of OSHA's rule making and enforcement initiatives:

  • To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, regulatory agenda, and provide opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To develop effective training and education programs in conjunction with OSHA personnel, construction industry workers, and management to promote understanding of workers' rights. These include the use of the OSHA complaint process and responsibilities of employers to communicate such information to workers.
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by providing training methods in job hazard awareness and eliminating those hazards by utilizing job hazard analysis (JHA) forms.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of silica training, crane education, JHA's, hazard recognition, and the encouragement of worker participation in workplace safety and health.
  • Conduct seminars aimed at reducing workplace hazards, including training workers on new and revised standards and industry best practices.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at The Safety Forum, local meetings, or training events, such as the OSHA Outreach Trainers and Construction Safety Council of Northeast Ohio meetings to share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals. Topics may include best practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by participants.
  • To develop ways of communicating information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, including OSHA's web site) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To develop and disseminate literature on occupational hazards in the construction industry including, but not limited to crane regulations, fall hazards and silica exposures.

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 share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Cleveland OSHA Office.

This agreement will remain in effect for two 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 concurrence of all signatories.

Signed this 23rd day of May 2014.

Howard B. Eberts
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Cleveland, Ohio


Kent J. Crytzer, CSP, Co-Chair
Cleveland Safety Forum
(Director, Construction Safety Council of Northeast Ohio)

William Hocevar, CSP, Co-Chair
Cleveland Safety Forum
Safety Director, Great Lakes Construction


Don Mays, Co-Chair
Cleveland Safety Forum
(Safety Representative, Ohio/Kentucky Administrative District Council of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers)