Region 6 - Renewal Agreement - May 31, 2018
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
DALLAS AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
REGIONAL HISPANIC CONTRACTORS' ASSOCIATION - DALLAS
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Dallas Area Office and the Regional Hispanic Contractors' Association (RHCA) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the RHCA hereby renew the Alliance signed on April 28, 2014, and renewed on May 25, 2016, with a continued emphasis on Hispanic worker rights to a safe and healthful workplace, as well as the ability to voice safety concerns without reprisal. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing RHCA 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 program, the organizations will continue to address OSHA outreach efforts to inform construction communities of worker's right and employer responsibilities.
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, the OSHA Dallas Area OSHA Office and RHCA 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 of raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education and communication.
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 on the "Focus-Four" hazards in the construction industry and to help forge innovative solutions in workplaces or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by collaborating and sharing information via internet webpages and resource links, and motivating employers develop and implement their own safety programs.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:
- To develop effective training and education programs for construction workers regarding falls, struck-by, caught-between and electrical hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for construction contractors and 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.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of construction safety training courses.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:
- 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 regionalhca.org websites) to employers and workers in the construction industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or RHCA conferences, local meetings, or other construction worker safety-related events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and construction industry safety and health professionals regarding RHCA Member best worker safety practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on construction-focused written Safety and Health Programs that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To develop and disseminate case studies on construction injury and illness rates 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 work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will 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 Dallas 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 three 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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 31st day of June, 2018
Dallas Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
John H. Martinez - D
Regional Hispanic Contractors' Association