International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA)
(signed June 10, 2010; renewed October 31, 2012)
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.
Alliance Annual Reports
- Alliance Annual Report 2010-2011, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
- Alliance Annual Report 2011-2012, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
- Alliance Annual Report 2012-2013, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
- Alliance Annual Report 2013-2014, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
- Alliance Annual Report 2014-2015, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
Alliance News Releases
- OSHA and the International Window Cleaning Association renew Alliance to protect workers from industry hazards. OSHA News Release, (2012, November 1).
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*, 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).
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