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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) recognize the value of establishing collaborative relationships to foster safer and healthier American workplaces. NAHB
and OSHA hereby form an Alliance to use their collective expertise and efforts to foster a culture of injury prevention and
promote safe and healthful working conditions, particularly for the Spanish-speaking workforce of the residential construction
industry. Under this Alliance, NAHB and OSHA will:
NAHB and OSHA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Provide NAHB members and others in the residential construction industry with information, training opportunities, and
guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to
residential construction industry hazards.
- Increase the Spanish-speaking workforce's access to and understanding of safety and health information and available
NAHB and OSHA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Develop and present training and education programs and workshops on residential construction industry issues, with
specific emphasis on the Spanish-speaking work force.
- Explore the feasibility of developing a comprehensive safety training course specific to residential construction that is
similar to OSHA's 30-hour construction course.
NAHB and OSHA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace
safety and health:
- NAHB will assist OSHA in identifying safety and health issues that can be addressed in e-tools and other electronic
compliance assistance products specific to the residential construction industry.
- Explore the feasibility of updating, publishing, and distributing OSHA's Selected Construction Regulations for the Home
Building Industry (SCOR).
- Develop and disseminate information on residential construction industry issues, with specific emphasis on the
Spanish-speaking workforce, through print and electronic media, including NAHB's Nation's Building News and affiliated local
associations' newsletters, electronic tools, and links from OSHA's and NAHB's Web sites.
- Share NAHB English/Spanish construction safety publications with OSHA regional and area offices.
- Provide construction safety training and/or presentations on current construction activities within OSHA, and/or host an
OSHA informational booth at the International Builders' Show and affiliated local association functions.
- Promote OSHA's free consultation program to businesses, companies, and corporations in the residential construction
industry and help them obtain relevant OSHA publications such as posters, fact sheets, compliance guides, and recordkeeping
- Encourage companies or local associations to identify resources for providing training in English as a second language, as
appropriate, to the Spanish-speaking workforce in the residential construction industry.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both NAHB and OSHA will meet to develop an implementation plan,
determine working procedures, and identify and define the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, NAHB
and OSHA 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 NAHB and NAHB's Construction Safety & Health Committee and
representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Construction, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other
appropriate Directorates. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
- Work with the various Hispanic contractors associations and other alliance program participants to establish a dialogue on
residential construction safety issues affecting the Spanish-speaking workforce.
- Work to raise others' awareness of, and demonstrate their respective commitments to, workplace safety and health whenever
NAHB and OSHA leaders address groups, with specific emphasis on the Spanish-speaking work force.
Any material provided by NAHB and/or its members is for informational purposes only. Information provided by NAHB does not
constitute an official statement or position by NAHB and is not intended by the parties to create any legal obligations for
NAHB or its individual members. NAHB is not a standard-setting organization, and information provided pursuant to this
Alliance Agreement is not intended as a legally binding standard or guideline.
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 signatories.
Occupational Safety and
Kent C. Conine
National Association of Home Builders