AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BRAINTREE AND ANDOVER AREA OFFICES
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ROUNDTABLE OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Construction Safety Roundtable of Eastern Massachusetts (CSREM) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and CSREM hereby renew the Alliance originally signed June 17, 2003, first renewed on May 13, 2014, and now renewed on September 12, 2017 with a continued emphasis on construction workplace safety and health. Specifically, the Braintree and Andover Area Offices are committed to providing CSREM members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address current trends and improvements in construction safety and health technologies and exchange of technical information and safe work practices, update roundtable members regarding OSHA procedures and policy issues at meetings, promote and encourage involvement and activities in OSHA safety stand-downs such as the “National Fall Stand-Down and Safe and Sound Campaign”, create safety and health communication tools, including website, newsletter outreach conference exhibits and training power points, and provide access to OSHA’s Compliance Assistance Specialists and the Massachusetts Consultation Program and links with OSHA Area Offices.
This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for workers and employers. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and CSREM recognize that OSHA's On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives 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, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on a variety of construction related topics 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 posting information such as safety stand down locations and times on social media and alliance website.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:
- To develop effective training and education programs for the construction safety industry regarding advances in safety and health training, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for construction safety professionals to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of educational courses in conjunction with other area office alliances courses.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information on social media, print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the CSREM’s Web site to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or other conferences, local meetings, or other construction safety related events in Eastern Massachusetts.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding construction safety best 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 involving young workers and vocational students that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To provide mentoring to young construction workers and students entering or interested in entering the construction safety profession.
- To develop and disseminate case studies on construction safety related topics and publicize 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 CSREM, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
The CSREM Steering Committee will continue to be made up of representatives of each organization who will meet to develop a work plan, schedule meeting events and speakers, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two 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 and Andover Area Offices and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage OSHA State On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for a period not to exceed five years (5) from the date of this signed agreement. 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 12th day of September, 2017.
Area Director Braintree Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Area Director OSHA Andover Office
Occupational Safety and
Alliance Chair Person
MA Consultation Program
OSHA Training and Consulting
Elizabeth A. Will
AA Will Corporation
John J. Downey
G. Greene Construction