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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 U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and NAHB hereby renew in part the Alliance signed May 8, 2003, and renewed October 18, 2005, and June 7, 2007, with a continued emphasis on safety and health in the residential construction industry. Specifically, both organizations are committed to 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. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and NAHB recognize that OSHAs State Plan and On-site 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 goal:
  • 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.
OSHA and NAHB will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and 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 OSHAs and NAHBs Web sites) to employers and workers in the residential construction industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHAs or NAHBs 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 NAHBs 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).

  • Promote and encourage NAHB members participation in OSHAs cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Encourage NAHBs state and local associations and members to build relationships with OSHAs Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between 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, 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.
OSHAs 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that partys products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of OSHAs Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Directorate of Construction, and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. The signatories 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 written concurrence of both signatories.





David Michaels, PhD, MPH
Assistant Secretary of
Labor for Occupational  Safety and Health

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Robert R. Jones
Chairman of the Board
National Association of Home Builders

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