AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
CPWR – THE CENTER FOR CONSTRUCTION RESEARCH AND TRAINING
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and CPWR – the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and CPWR hereby form an Alliance to provide construction workers, employers, and others, including members of other construction alliances, with information, guidance, and access to safety and health research findings, interventions, and related training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to known and emerging construction hazards that are the focus of research efforts, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and CPWR recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on known and emerging construction hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by disseminating research findings, solutions, and training programs that address known and emerging construction hazards.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:
- 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 CPWR’s websites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or CPWR’s conferences, local meetings, or other construction industry events, including OSHA’s Alliance Program Construction Roundtable.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CPWR research-based good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
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 work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two 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, the Directorate of Construction, 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 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 written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 11th day of January, 2017
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health
Chris Trahan Cain
CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training