Region 6 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - February 24, 2020


AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
BATON ROUGE AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Baton Rouge Area Office and Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC) hereby renew the Alliance signed July 25th, 2013, and renewed on October 29th, 2015, with a continued emphasis on providing Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC) for those individuals seeking to increase their professional competency in safety and health with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing 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 address hazards that have contributed to a significant number of fatalities investigated by OSHA’s Baton Rouge Area Office within the past three fiscal years.

This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance’s activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.

Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant 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 to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC) 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 of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • 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 to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace as well as to provide input on safety and health issues.
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by organizing a forum aimed at worker outreach whereby ideas and information can be exchanged.

Training and Education

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

  • To offer effective training and education programs for workers of the Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC) 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.

Outreach and Communication

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

  • To develop and share 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 Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC) website to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC) conferences and local meetings.

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 attempt to meet at least 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 Baton Rouge Area Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage OSHA On-site Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for three 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 24th date of February, 2020.


Roderic M. Chube
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office

Michael Demouy
Operations Manager
Louisiana Associated General Contractors

Lance Roux
Safety Committee Chair
Louisiana Associated General Contractors