The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the New England
Laborer's Training Academy (NELTA) recognize the value of establishing a
collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American
workplaces. OSHA and NELTA hereby form an Alliance to provide NELTA 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 scaffolding, trenching, fall protection, electrical safety,
caught-in-between and struck-by hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and
NELTA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an
integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and NELTA will work together to achieve the following training and
OSHA and NELTA will work together to achieve the
following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education
programs for NELTA 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
OSHA and NELTA will work together to achieve the following goals related to
promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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 Laborer's Training Academy Web sites) to employers
and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NELTA's conferences, local meetings, and/or apprentice contests.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding
NELTA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NELTA and
through OSHA- or NELTA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures
(or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage NELTA 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 NELTA regional council members to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area
Offices to address health and safety 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.
- Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety
and health whenever NELTA 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.
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
MARTHE B. KENT
Occupational Safety and
JAMES MERLINO III
New England Laborer's
Methuen Area Office