Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region I


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Connecticut Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ConnOSHA) and the Home Builders Association of Hartford County, Inc. (HBA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, ConnOSHA and HBA hereby form an Alliance to provide HBA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards in the residential construction industry, such as, but not limited to falls, electrical, struck-by and caught between hazards, through training and education of home builders, re-modelers and related support businesses. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and HBA recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, ConnOSHA and HBA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training programs on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards, such as but not limited to, falls, electrical, struck-by and caught-between associated with residential construction. The training programs will be designed to address the needs of entry level workers, non English speaking workers, skilled workers and management, including comprehensive programs, seminars and courses that promote health and safety in the workplace.

  • Provide expertise in training, education and communicating safety information to employers and employees in the residential construction industry.

  • Provide for the delivery of safety programs, seminars and courses for home builders, re-modelers, subcontractors and affiliates regarding general and industry related safety topics.

OSHA, ConnOSHA and HBA 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 workplace hazards in residential construction and provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., Tool Box Talks, print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA, ConnOSHA and HBA websites) to employers and employees involved in residential construction.

  • Distribute topical OSHA and other safety orientated brochures and publications to HBA members at new member orientations and general meetings.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on industry related safety issues or projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or HBA conferences, local meetings, or other HBA scheduled events.

  • Promote and encourage HBA member worksite participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Encourage other HBA chapters to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety training, communication and awareness.

  • Provide safety and health curricula supporting safety development or best practices in the residential workplace and share information or results among OSHA and industry safety and health professionals.

OSHA, ConnOSHA and HBA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialog on workplace safety and health:

  • Increase awareness and demonstrate HBA’s commitment to workplace safety and health when HBA leaders address groups.

  • Disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

  • Participate in forums, round table discussions or stakeholder meetings on specific or key safety issues to assist in forging innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide constructive input on safety and health initiatives.

  • Support national dialogue on workplace safety and health through the National Association of Home Builders, Inc. (NAHB). Promote their efforts in the NAHB-OSHA Alliance which focuses on providing NAHB members and others in the residential construction industry with information, training opportunities, and guidance that helps protect employees' health and safety by reducing and preventing exposure to residential construction industry hazards.

OSHA Alliances provide the 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.

This agreement will remain in effect for two (2) years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time provided they give the other party 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories.





WILLIAM FREEMAN
Area Director
Hartford Area Office




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KENNETH BOYNTON
President
Home Builders Association of
Hartford County, Inc.




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RICHARD PALO
Director
Connecticut Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health




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