Region 7 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - March 16, 2017


AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
THE KANSAS CITY REGIONAL OFFICE, AND
THE KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS AND WICHITA AREA OFFICES
AND
ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS, INC.,
HEART OF AMERICA CHAPTER
(ABC-HOA)


The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Kansas City Regional, and Kansas City, St. Louis and Wichita Area Offices and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.-Heart of America Chapter (ABC-HOA) recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and ABC-HOA hereby renew in part the alliance signed on January 15, 2015, with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to occupational construction hazards. Specifically, OSHA and ABC-HOA are committed to providing ABC-HOA 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 reducing and preventing exposure to occupational hazards (including but not limited to struck-by, fall, caught-in-between and electrical hazards).

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 ABC-HOA 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 about OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • To share information about occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

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 ABC-HOA Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ABC-HOA conferences, local meetings, or other special events.
  • To participate in OSHA's and others 'safety weeks', such as Fall Stand-Down, Roadwork Safety Week, Ladder Safety Month, and Safe and Sound Week.
  • To disseminate case studies [such as the dissemination of OSHA's Fatal Facts and Safety and Health Information Bulletins (SHIBs)] on specific areas such as fall protection, electrical hazards, and OSHA changes in regulations.

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 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 Kansas City Regional Office and/or Kansas City Area Office, and may include representative of the St. Louis, and Wichita OSHA Offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of the Alliance. Either party 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 parties,

Signed this 16th day of March, 2017

 

FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI REGIONAL OFFICE:

 

Kimberly Stille
Regional Administrator

ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS, INC., HEART OF AMERICA CHAPTER

 

Michele Roberts-Bauer
ABC-HOA Chapter President

 

FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI AREA OFFICE:

 

Karena Lorek,
Area Director

ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS, INC.,
HEART OF AMERICA CHAPTER

 

Brian Johnson
ABC-HOA Safety Council Chairman

 

FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI AREA OFFICE:

 

William McDonald, CSP,
Area Director
 

 

FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
WICHITA, KANSAS AREA OFFICE:

 

Judy Freeman,
Area Director