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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EXECUTIVES

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and NCSE hereby form an Alliance to provide NCSE members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly for those who are new to the construction industry. The Alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to construction site workplace hazards such as falls, electrical, struck-by and caught in-between. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and NCSE members recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and NCSE 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 construction workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's Web site) to employers and employees in the construction industry.

  • Speak and/or participate at OSHA's or NCSE's meetings.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding construction best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NCSE members and through OSHA and NCSE jointly developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage NCSE members' or members worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance and the Voluntary Protection Programs, including the OSHA Challenge for Construction Program.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific construction issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and NCSE 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 construction safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to 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 Cooperative and State Programs and the Directorate of Construction, along with 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. 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.

 



 
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



 
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Chris Peck
Chairman
National Construction Safety Executives



 
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