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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and NAHB hereby renew the Alliance signed on May 8, 2003 to provide NAHB members and others in the residential construction industry, including non-English and limited English speaking employees and trade contractors, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. In addition, the agreement will focus on addressing fall, electrical, struck-by, and caught in/between safety hazards. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and NAHB recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and NAHB will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to 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 employees in the industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety training courses addressing fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between safety hazards in the residential construction industry in English, Spanish and/or other languages.
OSHA and NAHB will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information in English, Spanish and/or other languages (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and NAHB's Web sites) to employers and employees in the residential construction industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NAHB's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the NAHB International Builders Show.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NAHB's best practices and effective approaches and publicize the benefits of implementing safety programs and best practices through outreach by NAHB and through OSHA- or NAHB-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage NAHB's members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects such as fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between safety hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

  • 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 safety hazards.
OSHA and NAHB will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues including: fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between safety hazards in the residential construction industry, to help forge innovative solutions and provide input on safety and health issues.
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.

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 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 Construction, members of NAHB's Construction Safety and Health Committee, OSHA's 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. 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.

 


 
Jonathan L. Snare
Acting Assistant Secretary
Occupational Health and
Safety Administration


 
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David F. Wilson
President
National Association of Home Builders


 
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