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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) recognize the
value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces for heating, ventilating,
air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors and their employees. OSHA and ACCA therefore agree to form an Alliance
to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of accident prevention and health promotion while sharing best
practices and technical knowledge.
OSHA and ACCA agree to establish an alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for HVACR contracting companies
OSHA and ACCA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communications goals:
- Providing ACCA members and others in the industry with information and guidance that will help them protect the health and
safety of workers by focusing on safety supervision, equipment and material handling, driver and vehicle safety, ladder and
lift use, and lock-out/tag-out.
- Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources, including Spanish-language material.
An implementation team composed of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine a
working process, and identify the roles and responsibilities of each participant. In addition, they will meet at least
quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will
include representatives of OSHA's Directorates of Cooperative and State Programs and Construction. OSHA will encourage its
State Plan partners and Consultation Projects to participate as well.
- Identify existing resources and stimulate the development of new training programs and materials as appropriate. OSHA will
review and comment on existing ACCA safety and health material periodically, suggesting updating as appropriate.
- Seek opportunities for OSHA representatives to speak, exhibit or appear at the national ACCA conference as well as at
chapter meetings or other events.
- Develop and disseminate information through ACCA print and electronic media, including linkage between OSHA's and ACCA's
- Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in effective approaches for improving the safety
and health of workers in the HVACR contracting industry.
- Promote and encourage ACCA members' awareness of and participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as Compliance
Assistance, Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
- Participate in forums and roundtable discussions on multi-employer worksite issues to help forge innovative solutions to
raising construction-industry safety awareness in the workplace.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing. 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 concurrence of
|Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Inc.
President and Chief