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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REGION X
AND
WCC-ADSC: INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
FOUNDATION DRILLING
West Coast Chapter


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region X and the International Association of Foundation Drilling, West Coast Chapter (WCC-ADSC) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, Region X OSHA and the WCC-ADSC hereby renew the Alliance signed October 21, 2005 and renewed January 19, 2008, with a continued emphasis on hazards associated with drilling operations. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing WCC-ADSC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address safety and health issues including fall protection, silica, pinch-point, and equipment operation hazards. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and WCC-ADSC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants Intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement Initiatives:

  • To share Information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • To share Information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To convene or participate In forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on fall protection, silica, pinch-point, and equipment operation hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace and to provide input on safety and health issues.
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by providing information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety.

Training and Education

The Participants Intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To develop effective training and education programs for small businesses and non-English or limited English speaking employees regarding fall protection, silica, pinch-point and equipment operation hazards and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for small businesses and non-English or limited English speaking employees to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such Information to workers and employers.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the WCC-ADSC's Web sites) to employers and workers in the Industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or WCC-ADSC conferences, local meetings, or the West Coast Chapter's Safety Committee Meeting.
  • To share Information among OSHA personnel and Industry safety and health professionals regarding WCC-ADSC's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by WCC-ADSC and through OSHA's or WCC-ADSC's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
  • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on fall protection, silica, pinch-point, and equipment operation hazards that are addressed through the Alliance program.
  • To develop and disseminate case studies on foundation drilling issues and publicize their results.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate In a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaklng and enforcement Initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Region X office. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain In effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate if for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of both signatories.

Signed this 16th day of June, 2015 by:

For International Association of Foundation Drilling:

  • Steve Williams, President, West Coast Chapter, WCC-ADSC
  • Becky Patterson, Chapter Administrator, West Coast Chapter, WCC-ADSC
  • Colin Perkins, Co-Chair, West Coast Chapter, WCC-ADSC

For OSHA:

  • Ken Atha, Regional Administrator, Region X
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