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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the ADSC (International Association of
Foundation Drilling) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster
safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and ADSC hereby form an Alliance to provide ADSC
members and others in the foundation drilling industry, including small businesses and non-English
or limited English speaking employees, with information, guidance, and access to training resources
that will help them protect employees' health and safety. OSHA and ADSC will focus on safety and
health issues including, fall protection, silica, pinch-point and equipment operation hazards. In
developing this Alliance, OSHA and ADSC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project
partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and the ADSC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for small
businesses and non-English or limited English speaking employees regarding fall protection, silica,
pinch-point and equipment operation hazards and to provide expertise in communicating such
information to employers and employees in the industry.
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula for small
businesses and non-English or limited English speaking employees on silica, pinch-point and
equipment operation hazards.
OSHA and ADSC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of
workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information
(e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA'S and ADSC's Web sites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ADSC's conferences, local meetings or other events such as
the ADSC General Membership meeting.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding
ADSC's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by ADSC and
through OSHA – or ADSC's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures
(or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage ADSC members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs
such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and
its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to foundation
drilling including, fall protection, silica, pinch-point and equipment operation hazards that are
addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Encourage ADSC chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address
health and safety issues, including fall protection, silica, pinch-point and equipment operation
OSHA and ADSC will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national
dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health
whenever ADSC leaders address groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and
publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on foundation
drilling issues such as fall protection, silica, pinch-point and equipment operation hazards, to
help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
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 both organizations will meet to develop a plan
of action, 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. Team members will
include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Construction, Directorate of Cooperative and State
Programs and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA
Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for a two year period. 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 all signatories.
Jonathan L. Snare
Occupational Safety and
ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling