AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCEBETWEENTHE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATIONU.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABORANDADSC: INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FOUNDATION DRILLING
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 hazards.
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. SnareActing Assistant SecretaryOccupational Safety andHealth Administration
Scot LitkeExecutive DirectorADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling