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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
BRIDGEPORT AREA OFFICE
STATE OF CONNECTICUT-DEPARTMEMT OF
LABOR DIVISION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAETY
AND HEALTH
AND
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS
LOCAL 478 (Connecticut)


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), State of Connecticut Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ConnOSHA) and the International Union of Operating Engineers - Local 478 (IUOE) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and IUOE hereby form an alliance to provide IUOE 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 falls, struck-by hazards, caught-in or between and electrical hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the IUOE recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

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

  • Work with OSHA to develop training and education programs on safety and health issues regarding falls, struck-by, caught-in or between and electrical hazards and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health courses.
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing workplace safety and health curricula.

OSHA and IUOE will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's Web sites.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other safety and health forums and events.
  • Promote and encourage IUOE contractor's and member's participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and IUOE worksites with others in the industry through outreach by IUOE and through OSHA or IUOE developed training programs and materials. Promote their implementation through print or electronic media, at conferences, or by any other means.

OSHA and IUOE will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever IUOE leaders address groups.
  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions or stakeholder meetings on safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions to in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

OSHA and the IUOE agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for local members by:

  • Providing "IUOE Local 478" members with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards inherent in construction and related activities.
  • Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.

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 dialog on worlqilace 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 the 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 quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the alliance.

This agreement shall 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 occurrence of both signatories.

Signed April 18, 2012:

Robert W. Kowalski, Area Director, Bridgeport Area Office, USDOL-OSHA

Craig Metz, Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers – Local 478

Kenneth Tucker, Director, State of Connecticut, Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health

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