The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mason
Contractors Association of America (MCAA) recognize the value of establishing a
collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American
workplaces. OSHA and MCAA hereby form an Alliance to provide MCAA's members and others with
information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees'
health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to wall bracing, fall
protection, scaffolding, and forklift safety hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and MCAA
recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA
OSHA and MCAA will work together to achieve the following training and education
OSHA and MCAA will work together to achieve the following outreach and
- Develop training and education programs on wall bracing, scaffolding, fall
protection, and forklift safety issues targeted to mason contractors and their
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of scaffolding, wall bracing and fall
- Develop workplace safety and health curricula on forklift safety.
OSHA and MCAA will work together to achieve the following goals related to
promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media,
including electronic tools and links from OSHA's and MCAA's Web sites.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at MCAA conferences, local meetings, or other
chapter or national association events.
- Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in MCAA's best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA and
- Promote and encourage MCAA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative
programs such as compliance assistance, such as Partnerships, the Voluntary
Protection Programs and Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement
- Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and MCAA,
of MCAA worksites with others in the industry and publicize the results through
outreach by MCAA and through OSHA- or MCAA-developed training programs and
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on fall
protection, wall bracing, scaffolding, and forklift safety that are addressed
and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Encourage MCAA chapters and/or contractors to build relationships with OSHA's
Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including fall
protection, scaffolding, wall bracing and forklift safety.
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 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 the Agency
enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's
products or services.
- Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace
safety and health whenever MCAA leaders address groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety
and health and publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or
stakeholder meetings on wall bracing, forklift safety, fall protection and
scaffolding issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or
to provide input on safety and health issues.
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, they will meet at
least quarterly 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 Construction, Directorate of Cooperative and State
Programs 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. 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
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Mason Contractors Association