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AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN THE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND THE
CONSTRUCTION INSTITUTE OF THE
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Construction Institute (CI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and CI therefore agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise and share information and technical knowledge to promote safe and healthful working conditions for construction employees. Through this Alliance, OSHA and CI will work together to encourage employers to increase employee access to safety and health information and training resources, especially in the area of crane safety, and to incorporate safety and health issues into the construction/constructability process. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and CI recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and CI will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
  • Develop and deliver training and education programs, and tool-box talks on safety and health issues relevant to employees of civil engineering, construction, and construction engineering and management and consulting companies, especially in the areas of crane safety and construction/constructability.
OSHA and CI will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Develop safety and health information and disseminate the information in print and/or electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from the OSHA Web site and the CI Web site.
     
  • Speak, exhibit, and/or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events such as regional meetings of the Construction Institute or annual meetings of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
     
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program, especially in the areas of crane safety and construction/constructability.
     
  • Share up-to-date construction information such as hazard and workforce trends to help identify priorities for the development of safety and health training and outreach programs.
     
  • Promote OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program and encourage CI's members to participate in the programs.
     
  • Share information with and contribute to CI's publications regarding safety and health issues, including crane safety and construction/constructability issues.
OSHA and CI will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Perform case studies and publicize the results in print and/or electronic media, presentations at conferences, and/or other means of outreach to the industry.
     
  • Convene or participate in forums and round-table discussions on construction safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace and on the jobsite.
OSHA Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in voluntary cooperative relationships with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting national dialogue on workplace safety and health. The Alliances have proven 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 OSHA enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

Neither party is authorized by the other under this agreement to act on behalf of or in the name of the other party. Neither party shall have the authority to bind the other in contract, debt, or otherwise. The parties are and shall remain separate entities, and no partnership, joint venture, or agency relationship shall be created under this agreement. Any and all uses of a party's confidential or proprietary information, materials, or property, including specifically intellectual property, shall be subject to advance review and approval by the party.

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, the team will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. CI team members will include representatives of CI's Committee on Construction Site Safety, Committee on Crane Safety, Constructability Committee, and/or other committees, as appropriate. OSHA team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorates of Cooperative and State Programs and Construction and other offices, as appropriate. OSHA will also encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two 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 concurrence of both signatories.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration  


 
John Henshaw
Assistant Secretary

 


 
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Construction Institute American Society of Civil Engineers  


 
Robert E. Alger
CI President


 
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Patrick J. Natale
ASCE Executive Director


 
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