AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BRAINTREE AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
ADSC: INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FOUNDATION DRILLING
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Braintree Area Office and ADSC (International Association of Foundation Drilling) Northeast Chapter recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and ADSC Northeast Chapter hereby form an Alliance to provide ADSC Northeast Chapter members and others in the foundation drilling industry, including small businesses with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to fall, electrical, struck by, and caught in-between hazards and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and ADSC Northeast Chapter recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
OSHA and the ADSC Northeast Chapter intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, and understand the rights and responsibilities of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on safety training to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by directing training efforts to field and management personnel.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To review and update, where appropriate, existing training and education programs for ADSC members regarding fall, electrical, struck by, and caught in-between hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for ADSC members to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers to communicate such information to workers and employers.
- To develop and arrange for the delivery of two courses to ADSC Northeast Chapter members and affiliated unions.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To review/develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the ADSC Web sites) to employers and workers in the foundation drilling industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ADSC Northeast Chapter conferences, local meetings, or other safety related events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and foundation drilling industry safety and health professionals regarding ADSC good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects in the construction and foundation drilling industry that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To develop and disseminate case studies on accident review and share their results.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 party's 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 the Braintree Area Office 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 and 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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 3rd day of May, 2011.
Braintree, MA., Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
ADSC National Board Member
ADSC Northeast Chapter
Safety Committee Chairman
ADSC Northeast Chapter
Business Manager/Safety Coordinator
Laborers International Union Local 88
International Union of Operating Engineers
Pile Drivers Local Union 56