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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Braintree, MA., and Methuen, MA., Area Offices and the Washington
Group International recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful
American workplaces. OSHA and the Washington Group International therefore agree to form an Alliance for the purpose of using
their collective expertise to help advance a culture of accident prevention while sharing best practices and technical
knowledge including, but not limited to, the areas of cranes and rigging, hearing protection, ergonomics, and respiratory
protection within the engineering and construction industry.
OSHA and the Washington Group International agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions
for employees by:
OSHA and the Washington Group International will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Providing information and guidance to help engineering and construction industry employers provide safe and healthful
working environments particularly in the areas of cranes and rigging, hearing protection needs, minimizing exposure to
musculoskeletal hazards, and minimizing exposure to respiratory hazards.
- Reaching out, and providing access to construction industry safety and health information and resources, to contractors who
may benefit from mentoring or guidance in developing, implementing, or improving safety and health programs including but not
limited to cranes and rigging, hearing protection, ergonomics, and respiratory protection.
- Encourage employees and contractors to incorporate a proactive safety and health culture into their day-to-day operations.
OSHA and the Washington Group International will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the
national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Provide and share information with OSHA personnel, industry safety and health practitioners and engineering and
construction contractors in the Washington Group’s best practices and/or effective approaches in accident prevention.
- Promote and encourage the Washington Group to participate in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the
Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and SHARP. In addition, the Washington Group will act as mentors to the
Washington Group’s contractors that aspire to excellence in construction safety and health.
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 confer on a
regular basis to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will
afford the opportunity for representatives of the Massachusetts Consultation Program to participate as well.
- Share information regarding the Washington Group’s engineering and construction safety and health best practices with
others in the industry through outreach by the Washington Group and OSHA.
This agreement will remain in effect for one year from the date of the signing and will automatically be renewed annually
thereafter. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories and may be terminated for any
reason with 30 days written notice from any of the signatories.
|Occupational Safety and Health Administration
||Washington Group International
Brenda J. Gordon
Area Director, Braintree OSHA Office
Bradley D. Giles, P.E., C.S.P.
Corporate Vice President
Environmental Safety and Health
Richard J. Fazzio
Area Director, Methuen OSHA Office
David P. Geller