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(signed May 8, 2003; renewed October 18, 2005; renewed June 7, 2007; renewed April 19, 2010)


Dr. David Michaels (front row, fourth from the left), Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, with the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting attendees including Rob Matuga, Assistant Vice President, NAHB, and Marcus Odorizzi, Safety Specialist, NAHB, at the Department of Labor on July 29, 2010. Dr. David Michaels (front row, fourth from the left), Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, with the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting attendees including Rob Matuga, Assistant Vice President, NAHB, and Marcus Odorizzi, Safety Specialist, NAHB, at the Department of Labor on July 29, 2010.
 
(L-R: Sitting) Dr. David Michaels, PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; Robert R. Jones, Chairman of the Board, NAHB, and (L-R: Standing) Deborah Berkowitz, Chief of Staff, USDOL-OSHA; Ray Rhodes, Chairman, Construction Safety & Health Committee, NAHB,  at the national Alliance renewal signing on April 19, 2010. (L-R: Sitting) Dr. David Michaels, PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; Robert R. Jones, Chairman of the Board, NAHB, and (L-R: Standing) Deborah Berkowitz, Chief of Staff, USDOL-OSHA; Ray Rhodes, Chairman, Construction Safety & Health Committee, NAHB, at the national Alliance renewal signing on April 19, 2010.
The OSHA and NAHB Alliance focuses on providing NAHB members and others in the residential construction industry, including non-English and limited English speaking workers and trade contractors, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers. Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address fall, electrical, struck-by, and caught in/between safety hazards. The Alliance's goals include:

Training and education:
  • Provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the residential construction industry, including non-English and limited English speaking employees and trade contractors, regarding fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between safety hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information, in English, Spanish and/or other languages, to employers and workers in the industry.

Outreach and communication:

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NAHB's best practices and effective approaches, and publicize results through outreach by NAHB and through OSHA- or NAHB-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Encourage NAHB's state and local associations and members to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between hazards.

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between hazards in the residential construction industry to discuss safety and health issues and to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

Milestones and Successes


Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events (Archive)


  • May 5-11, 2013: 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2013 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2013 Theme: "Worker Safety Works for Everyone."
  • May 1-7, 2011: 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety."
  • January 12-15, 2011: 2011 International Builders Show, Orlando, Florida.
    • January 12-15, 2011: Gerardo Ortiz, Safety Specialist, Region IV, Tampa, Florida Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, and Christos Nicou, Safety Engineer, Region IV, Tampa, Florida Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, staffed an OSHA exhibit booth at the 2011 International Builders Show.
    • January 14, 2011: Francis Dougherty, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation entitled "The 'Big Four' Construction Safety Hazards" to 35 attendees from the residential construction industry.

Products and Resources


Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

  • Roofing Operations Safety Card. Through the OSHA and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Alliance, NAHB developed a safety card that provides workers and employers with guidance for working safely on roofs in residential construction. (2012, June; Spanish Translation 2012, October)
  • Power Nailer Safety Card [English and Spanish PDF* - 544 KB]. Through the OSHA and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Alliance, NAHB developed a safety card that provides tips regarding the safe use of power nailer equipment. (2011, February; Spanish Translation 2011, June)
  • Trenching Safety Card [English and Spanish PDF* - 639 KB]. Through the OSHA and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Alliance, NAHB developed a safety card addressing the most common trenching hazards in the residential construction industry. (2010, October)

OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

Publications and Newsletters

  • Nations Building News, February 19, 2007. This edition of NAHB's weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "OSHA Chief Says Builders Are Reaching Out and Saving Lives" which describes former-Assistant Secretary Edwin G. Foulke Jr.'s presentation to the NAHB Executive Board and provides information about the OSHA and NAHB Alliance.
  • Nations Building News, November 11, 2006. This edition of NAHB's weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "OSHA Inspectors See Safety Through the Eyes of a Builder" that describes that describes a residential construction training course that was developed through the OSHA and NAHB Alliance.
  • Nations Building News, July 3, 2006. This edition of NAHB's weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "NAHB Meets with OSHA Head to Advance Construction Safety" that describes the organization's June 27, 2006 meeting with former-Assistant Secretary Edwin G. Foulke Jr.
  • Nations Building News, April 3, 2006. This edition of NAHB's weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "Maryland Alliance Committed to Work Site Safety" that describes the Alliance signed on March 10, 2006 between NAHB's Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • Nations Building News, February 6, 2006. This edition of NAHB's weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "OSHA Resources Helping Katrina Recovery Workers" that describes the OSHA Quick Cards and fact sheets available on the OSHA Hurricane Recovery Web page.
  • Nations Building News, February 6, 2006. This edition of NAHB's weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "Web Tool Provides Quick Start on OSHA Compliance" that describes the Construction module of the Compliance Assistance Quick Start.
  • Nations Building News, December 12, 2005. This edition of NAHB's weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "NAHB Gives OSHA Staff Insights on Home Building" that describes a residential construction training course that was developed through the OSHA and NAHB Alliance.
  • Nations Building News, December 5, 2005. This edition of NAHB's weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "Manually Lifted Balloon Framed Walls Present Hazards." The article describes how the OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin: Hazards of Manually Lifting Balloon Framed Walls, which was developed through the OSHA and NAHB Alliance, provides a list of safe lifting methods to prevent an accidental collapse of framed walls from occurring.
  • Nations Building News, October 24, 2005. This edition of NAHB's weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "Builders Cement Working Alliance With OSHA" that describes the October 18, 2005 renewal signing ceremony and the goals of the renewal agreement.

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Additional Resource

**Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.
+Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.

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