The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and AIHA hereby renew, in part, the Alliance signed October 2, 2002, and renewed April 23, 2004, July 6, 2006, and October 21, 2008, with a continued emphasis on construction and general industry safety and health issues. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing AIHA 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 construction, general industry, shipyard employment, and oil and gas issues. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and AIHA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process through AIHA's Web site and
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction and general industry safety issues, such as the OSHA Alliance Program
Construction Roundtable, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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 AIHA's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AIHA's conferences, local meetings, such as the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program, including support for North
American Occupational Safety and Health Week.
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 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Directorate of Construction, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, 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 five years. 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 written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 21st day of May, 2013.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health
American Industrial Hygiene Association