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Occupational Safety and Health Administration New England Carpenters Training Fund


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the New England Carpenters Training Fund (NECTF) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and NECTF hereby form an Alliance to provide NECTF members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards, including but not limited to 1 scaffolding, trenching, fall protection, electrical safety, caught-in-between and struck-by hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and NECTF recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and NECTF will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for NECTF members regarding scaffolding, trenching, fall protection, electrical safety, caught-in-between and struck-by hazards and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

OSHA and NECTF 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, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the New England Regional Council of Carpenters' Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NECTF's conferences, local meetings, and/or apprentice contests.

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

  • Promote and encourage NECTF members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

  • Encourage NECTF regional council members to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues.

OSHA and NECTF 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 NECTF leaders address groups.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction industry 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. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs. 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 will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA 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.





MARTHE B. KENT
Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration




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RICHARD NIHTILA
Director
New England Carpenters Training Fund




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MARK ERLICH
Executive Secretary Treasurer
New England Regional Council of Carpenters




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