Region 6 - Alliance Agreement - August 15, 2010
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AUSTIN AREA OFFICE
THE WORKERS DEFENSE PROJECT
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY AND HEALTH, INC.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), The Workers Defense Project, and Construction Safety and Health, Inc. (CSHI) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, The Workers Defense Project and Construction Safety and Health Inc. hereby form an Alliance to provide clients of The Workers Defense Project and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect worker health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to construction hazards and addressing falls, struck by, caught in and electrical issues.
OSHA, The Worker's Defense Project, and CSHI will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for Spanish speaking workers regarding construction hazards and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the construction industry.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of Spanish language courses in a manner that is accessible and engaging for construction workers of all education levels.
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on construction hazards.
OSHA, The Workers Defense Project, and CSHI will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at The Workers Defense Project, or CSHI's conferences, local meetings, or other worker outreach events to inform Spanish speaking workers of their right to a safe and healthy workplace.
- Provide The Workers Defense Project and their clients who are Spanish speaking workers with printed materials on safety topics such as OSHA Quick Cards.
- Encourage The Workers Defense Project to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including mechanisms workers can use to file complaints.
The Workers Defense Project and OSHA will collaborate to achieve the following goals for identifying and resolving safety violations in the construction industry:
- The Workers Defense Project will provide information to the Austin Area OSHA office to assist workers with reporting abuses, identifying companies with worksite violations in the construction industry.
- WDP and OSHA will collaborate to develop a focus on enforcement in the residential construction industry
- OSHA will provide information to Workers Defense Project about violations in the region and investigations being undertaken.
OSHA, The Workers Defense Project and CSHI will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on Spanish worker safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. 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 any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of the three organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Team members will include representatives of OSHA, The Workers Defense Project and CSHI. 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.
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.
R. Casey Perkins
Occupational Safety and
Worker’s Defense Project