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Through the OSHA and IWCA Alliance, the organizations will provide IWCA members and others, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers. In particular, the Alliance will continue to address slips, trips, falls from heights, and issues related to the safe use of high-reach access equipment, including ladders and scaffolding, in the window cleaning industry. The Alliance will also address the safety and health challenges of small business owners and low literacy and limited English speaking workers in the window cleaning industry. The Alliance's goals include:

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.
  • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on fall, caught-in-between, and other scaffolding related hazards to forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Training and education:
  • To develop effective training and education programs for window cleaning contractors with low literacy and limited English speaking workers, regarding the recognition and prevention of workplace accidents due to slips, trips and falls, working from heights, and the use of specialized window cleaning and high-rise access equipment, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
Outreach and communication
  • 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 IWCA's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or IWCA's Annual Conferences, local meetings, or other regional events.
OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels with the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting attendees, including Stefan Bright, Safety Director, IWCA, at the Department of Labor on September 27, 2012.

OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels with the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting attendees, including Stefan Bright, Safety Director, IWCA, at the Department of Labor on September 27, 2012.

(L to R) Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; Stefan Bright, Safety Director, IWCA; and Alan Burton, President, IWCA sign a national Alliance renewal agreement on October 31, 2012.

(L to R) Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; Stefan Bright, Safety Director, IWCA; and Alan Burton, President, IWCA sign a national Alliance renewal agreement on October 31, 2012.

Alliance Program Participant Background

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

  • February 12-15, 2014: International Window Cleaning Association Annual Convention and Tradeshow, Memphis, Tennessee.
    • February 14, 2014: Presenter: Billie Kizer, Acting Assistant Regional Administrator, Enforcement Programs, Region IV, Atlanta, Georgia, USDOL-OSHA. Presentation Name: "How Your Business Can Benefit from OSHA".
  • May 4-10, 2014: North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2014 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

Products and Resources

  • Water-Fed Pole Quick Card English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) Alliance, IWCA developed a Quick Card which provides employees in the window cleaning industry with information on safe use of water-fed poles. The document contains practical precautions to help reduce the hazards at job sites for workers in the window cleaning industry and provides a quick reference to safe practices. (2012, June; Spanish translation 2012, November)
  • Water-Fed Pole Safety Training Program English (PDF*), English version also available as (PPTX*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) Alliance, IWCA developed a safety training program which provides employees in the window cleaning industry with information on safe use of water-fed poles. The program contains practical precautions and instruction to help window cleaners reduce risks at job sites while taking into account the requirements for the job. (2011, September; Spanish translation 2013, August)
Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
Additional Resources

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