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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION,
THE MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION,
THE OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POLICY'S WORKING PARTNERS FOR AN ALCOHOL- AND DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE PROGRAM
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRIDGE, STRUCTURAL ORNAMENTAL AND REINFORCING IRONWORKERS
THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF BOILERMAKERS
THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS
AND THE
UNITED BROTHERHOOD OF CARPENTERS AND JOINERS OF AMERICA

The U.S Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy's Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-free Workplace Program (Working Partners) and the International Association of Bridge, Structural Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers (IABSORIW), the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB), the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer, drug-free and more healthful American workplaces and protect employees' health and safety. OSHA, MSHA and Working Partners and IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and the UBCJA hereby form an Alliance to provide IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA members and the construction industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them understand the benefits of drug-free workplace programs and protect employees' health and safety. The organizations will particularly focus on educating workers on safety and productivity hazards created by the abuse of alcohol and other drugs in the workplace. In developing this Alliance, MSHA, Working Partners, IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, MSHA and Working Partners and IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
  • Work with OSHA, MSHA and Working Partners to provide expertise to develop training and education programs regarding workplace substance abuse and to provide expertise in communicating such information to the construction industry.
OSHA, MSHA and Working Partners and IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Work with OSHA, MSHA and Working Partners to provide expertise in developing information on safety and health issues related to workplace substance abuse and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and the OSHA, MSHA and Working Partners and the IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA Web sites) to the construction industry.

    • Educate and inform the IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA members and the construction industry of the availability of OSHA's, MSHA's and Working Partners' electronic assistance tools and resources.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA, MSHA and Working Partners or IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA conferences, local meetings or other events.

    • Encourage the participating organizations to include drug-free workplace topics on conference and meeting agendas, as appropriate.
  • Develop and share information among OSHA and MSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA and through OSHA-, MSHA- and Working Partners- or IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Work with other OSHA Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on drug-free workplace and related issues that are addressed and developed through OSHA's Alliance Program and Working Partners.
OSHA, MSHA and Working Partners and IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA 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 a commitment to drug-free workplaces when IABSORIW, IBB, IUOE and UBCJA leaders address groups, as appropriate.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to address issues associated with the abuse of alcohol and other drugs 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 OSHA and the program's Alliance participants. By entering into this agreement OSHA, MSHA and Working Partners are not endorsing any of the 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 from OSHA, MSHA and Working Partners and the 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 Cooperative and State Programs, Directorate of Science Technology and Medicine, Directorate of Construction, 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 two years. Any 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.




 
Elaine L. Chao
Secretary
U.S. Department of Labor


 
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Frank Hanley
General President
International Union of
Operating Engineers


 
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Douglas J. McCarron
General President
United Brotherhood of
Carpenters and Joiners of America


 
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Joseph J. Hunt
General President
International Association of
Bridge, Structural, Ornamental,
and Reinforcing Iron Workers


 
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Newton B. Jones
International President
International Brotherhood
of Boilermakers


 
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